The youth participated in four different workshops that focused on teamwork, leadership, living above the influence and helping create a safer community. There was a workshop on team building. There were three different activities the YLC members participated in that helped them to work together as a team. An Above the Influence activity was held that allowed the members think about what keeps them above the influence of drugs and alcohol. They displayed their ideas on posters for all to see.
The members planned activities they would like to do in their communities to encourage others to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free as well. Each grade/school planned their activities for the rest of the year during this time.
Finally, the members were trained by their peers on how to be a youth leader in their schools and communities. Peer teachers for this session were Lydia Heald, Cassie Johnson, Drew Nolting and Abby Rider. These four students have all attended a national youth leadership training to prepare them to train and lead other students in their community.
All of the students had fun and learned new things. They were able to work together as a large group for the entire day, making it easy to get a lot accomplished! This type of training allows the students to come up with new ways to influence their peers to make good decisions! For more information on the YLC program or the training you may contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412.