Peel Youth Take on Leadership Role at Conference
BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 28, 2010) – “Stick to your values,” “become a leader” and “good decisions lead to success,” were the messages for the day at the 1Life2Live – Make the Right Choices for You! Youth Conference. Two hundred students and educators from Peel schools attended the annual conference on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
This full day event was designed to inspire Peel’s young leaders. It included an exciting and motivational keynote speaker, educational workshops, and interactive and informational booths.
“The conference empowers youth leaders by giving them knowledge and skills they can use to teach their peers, families and communities,” says Lisa Kruszynski, supervisor of the School Health team at the Region of Peel. “This is the fourth year for the conference and every year more and more youth come to the conference and get excited to return to their schools to make positive changes.”
Each year the conference offers workshops that are specially designed and aligned with the new curriculum. The students and educators have the chance to talk about health-related issues that affect youth, including violence, healthy sexuality and risky behaviours, and then come up with ways to deal with the issues prevalent in their school. Students also have the opportunity to receive funding to put towards youth focused health initiatives or projects in their schools.
“I have brought students to this conference every year and I appreciate the opportunity for students to engage in a leadership endeavour at a crucial time in their lives,” says Sherry Migliaccio, a child and youth worker at St. Thomas Aquinas. “The students are given a comfortable and fun environment to learn about important community issues and to obtain resources, knowledge and funding to really make a difference in their home schools.”
For more information, contact the Region of Peel – Public Health at 905-799-7700 or SchoolHealth101@peelregion.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.