The Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council has only had a few activities over the summer, but they are starting to gear up for the school year. Early in the summer five YLC members attended the ISTEP Summit in Pella, IA. This event is put on by Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention. Students who attended this event learned about addiction, information on how to form a chapter, information about new tobacco products and about the CADCA organization. The students brought back information that they can use in their community next school year as they develop activities to address the problems in their community.
As a part of the ISTEP summit participants have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the state-wide Executive Council. This year two Van Buren YLC members have been selected to be a part of this group; Cierstynn Welcher will serve as the ISTEP Vice President and Jacinta Wenke will also be a member of the executive council. Congratulations to these two students for their hard work and dedication!
YLC members also assisted with the Safe and Healthy Kids Fair on July 29th. This is an annual event held for all kids in Van Buren County. The Van Buren County Child Abuse Prevention Council along with its partners put together a variety of interactive booths to teach children about being safe and healthy. A highlight of this fair is the FREE school supplies and backpacks that all children in attendance receive. This year the YLC members held a photo booth where kids could dress up and get their photo taken with a drug, alcohol or tobacco-free message. The kids have a lot of fun at this booth and YLC members are able to get information out about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco! Students who assisted with the fair were: Victoria Halverson, Ceyera Jensen, Chase Murphy, Isabel Neeley, Russell Pilcher, Cheyenne Schmitter, Jacinta Wenke and Mackenzie Winslow.
YLC will be start meeting again at the start of the school year. Any student in grades 7-12 can become a member of the organization. If you or someone you know are interested in being a part of YLC you may visit the YLC website at: http://ylc.vbsafecoalition.com or you may call 319-293-6412.