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Hundreds to attend city’s youth summit

Annual event to focus on respect for self and others

Posted: October 20, 2009 3:09 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2009 6:00 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita invites local youth to attend the city's Youth Summit 2009: Respecting Ourselves and Respecting Each Other.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the city's Sports Complex Activities Center, and will include interactive activities and informative presentations about teen issues.

Approximately 350 students from seven local junior high schools are anticipated to attend the Youth Summit to learn about the importance of respect for themselves, each other, and the community.

Hands-on activities will incorporate team building and self expression to illustrate the event's title concept, "Respecting Ourselves and Respecting Each Other."

Informational presentations at the event will focus on important local youth aspects, such as graffiti awareness and government participation.

In addition to an opening address provided by Councilwoman Laurie Ender, the Summit will also include "break out sessions," which encourage youth attendees to break out of their groups and interact with other kids they may not know.

"Through family education, character education, and teen leadership, the city strives to continually enhance the quality of life for its citizens," Ender said. "The city's 2009 Youth Summit provides local youth with the opportunity to get to know fellow students, as well as establish rapport and mutual support for each other and the community."

The 2009 Youth Summit is geared toward assisting local youth in building self esteem and developing important leadership skills to encourage positive contributions to Santa Clarita schools and the community.

The event is part of the city of Santa Clarita's Youth and Family Programs, which identify resources and collaborate with community partners to strengthen youth and families.

The city's Sports Complex Activities Center is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.

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