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1/24/2006 Linfield hosts third annual Youth Summit

McMINNVILLE – Yamhill County teens will learn to make positive change in their schools and communities during "Ignite Change – Yamhill County Youth Summit," a leadership development conference on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Linfield College.

The one-day event is open to students in grades eight through 12. Scott Brosius, former New York Yankees third baseman, will deliver the keynote speech on character building and leaving a legacy in your community. He will also host the "Mix-It-Up Lunch," during which students eat lunch with Oregon State senators and Yamhill County community leaders, discussing issues regarding youth.

The day will include breakout sessions with topics such as cultural acceptance, community service, media, peer education and activism. Following the summit, participants will be encouraged to implement a positive change in their schools or communities, drawing on skills and strategies they learn during the day. Youth are encouraged to work in teams within their schools and identify a teacher or faculty advisor.

The summit is part of a collaborative effort by county health agencies to nurture healthy teens, according to Amy Hammons, a Linfield senior who is coordinating the event as an intern at the Yamhill County Prevention Program.

"The summit brings together youth from the community with the same goals and puts them in the same place," she said. "They get motivated, collaborate and see what other teens are doing. It’s also important to bring students together with professional leaders to network."

For more information, call the Yamhill County Prevention Program at 503-434-7378, ext. 4.