On October 8, 2013 the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) held their annual training at the Roberts Building in Keosauqua. This training was for Van Buren and Harmony Community School District YLC Student Members in 7th – 12th grade. At this training they participated in various activities to help lead teens in the county in being above the influence of the negative influences in their lives. There were over 100 teens in attendance for the training this year.
The youth participated in four different workshops that focused on planning, leadership, producing videos and putting on street marketing activities. There were different activities held during the leadership session that helped YLC members learn how to work together as a team.
An ISTEP session taught the students about a statewide organization that can be a resource for local groups. The students learned about different street marketing activities and how to put these on in their community.
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 in video development and production. Many of the students are interested in making videos related to the issues they are addressing, but needed the training to do so.