2012-10-18 / News

Four attend Georgia Youth Summit learn about community leadership


Participating in the Georgia Youth Summit were (l-r) Tabatha Welch, Lou Heard of the Wilkes County Health Department, Wishah Aamir, and Brooke Standard. Participating in the Georgia Youth Summit were (l-r) Tabatha Welch, Lou Heard of the Wilkes County Health Department, Wishah Aamir, and Brooke Standard. Wilkes County young people Tabatha Welch, Wishah Aamir, Brooke Standard, and Erin Wilson attended the sixth biennial Georgia Youth Summit, a program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia 4-H.

Georgia Youth Summit is a leadership conference designed to prepare the next generation of Georgia leaders by providing them with knowledge, resources, and encouragement to create positive change in their communities. Teams work together to create awareness of state and local issues, develop youth-adult partnerships, and become active locally in the betterment of the community.

At the summit, the Wilkes County team evaluated issues within the community in the areas of safety, education, health, and economic development, and they found creative strategies to address these issues. In their plans from the 2012 Georgia Youth Summit, the Wilkes County team members hope to educate teenagers about abstinence and teenage pregnancy rates and to provide knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases through outreach programs made possible through a grant the team is working on.

For more information on this project, contact the Wilkes County Extension Office at 706-678-2332. For more information about the Georgia Youth Summit, contact Jeff Buckley at 706-542-4444 or jbuckley@uga.edu.

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