Monday, April 1, 2013

Students Taking Charge

By: Cassie Johnson

On April 4th, 2013 the YMCA in Boone, Iowa will once again be hosting the Students Taking Charge Conference.  This same event was held last year in which Van Buren Youth Leadership Council Students attended. 

Students Taking Charge is about making your school or community a healthier place by teaching you nutritional facts in your favorite drinks or how easy it can be to be fit and exercise daily.  Many different groups and organizations from Iowa will also be attending this conference, such as Team Nutrition, I-STEP, and SIYAC.  Each group will have a chance to share their information with “Breakouts”. 

Students Taking Charge is a national movement to mobilize, organize and speak out for healthy and active schools in every state. High school students will attend a one-day workshop that helps them develop leadership and advocacy skills, to gain knowledge about health issues and to connect them with other students statewide. The workshop will held in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa State University Extension, and the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council. Learn more about Students Taking Charge on their website (

Two students from Van Buren High School’s Youth Leadership Council, Drew Nolting and Cassie Johnson, are part of the Executive Council for I-STEP.  Cassie and Drew will assist with the breakout session involving I-STEP. 

For more information on this event, I-STEP or YLC please contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or at

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