2006-02-23 / Front Page

Young Wilkes leaders take part in state council

By KIP BURKE news editor

Attending the youth leadership conference in Atlanta recently were (front, l-r) Alexis Canty, Breckyn Hudson, Norae Early; (back) Dexter Norman, James Cade, Eddie Bankston, and Will Callaway. Not pictured is Marcus Early. Attending the youth leadership conference in Atlanta recently were (front, l-r) Alexis Canty, Breckyn Hudson, Norae Early; (back) Dexter Norman, James Cade, Eddie Bankston, and Will Callaway. Not pictured is Marcus Early. Members of the Wilkes County Abstinence Education Youth Council traveled to Atlanta recently to take part in the Fourth Annual State Youth Leadership Council.

“This conference offered youth and adult participants an opportunity to learn new skills, network with other youth and adults across the state, and participate in discussions, team building, and service project,” said Dorothy Jordan, abstinence education coordinator.

Youth council members are Alexis Cantey, Breckyn Hudson, Norae Early, Eddie Bankston, James Cade, Dexter Norman, Will Callaway, and Marcus Early. They were led by Dorothy Jordan, Family Connection case manager Horace Jordan, and Clifford Hanson, task force member.

The students were chosen to serve as youth council members representing Wilkes County in the East Central Georgia Abstinence Program, through the Wilkes County Community Partnership and Family Connection.

The visit to Atlanta also included lunch and shopping in Underground Atlanta, and a visit to the state capitol. “After lunch they enjoyed a tour of the Georgia state capitol building,” state council

Dorothy Jordan said, “where they gained a first-hand view of how the legislative process works. This was educational as well as fun because the youth were there during the taping of a Channel 2 news report on Coretta Scott King’s homegoing celebration.”

They also had dinner at Discover Mills Mall and played games at Jillian’s.

The abstinence-only program is offered to youth between the ages of 12 and 18 through a joint effort between the East Central Georgia Consortium and the Family Connection community collaborative that covers a 12-county area in the CSRA.

“Abstinence education gives teens the tools necessary to build a self-sufficient future through remaining abstinent and by creating a strong character foundation,” Mrs. Jordan said. Abstinence-only education provides youth with the knowledge needed for making positive choices, resisting negative peer pressure, and using decision-making and goal-setting skills to build healthy, lasting relationships.”

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