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Students take part in annual Youth Summit

Posted: November 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Keynote speaker Tempered Steel Veteran LyVell Gipson talks to the junior high students as part of the Youth Summit, a workshop meant to inspire kids and develop self-confidence.

More than 350 students from six local junior high schools and Castaic Middle School participated in the annual Youth Summit in October to develop leadership skills, encourage positive contributions to their schools and the community and build self-esteem.

The theme this year was “Respecting Ourselves and Respecting Each Other.” The city of Santa Clarita hosted the event as part of its Youth and Family program in partnership with the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The half-day event was held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex and included interactive activities and informative presentations about teen issues.

Santa Clarita Councilwoman Laurie Ender welcomed the students, and a keynote address was given by Tempered Steel Veteran LyVell Gipson. Tempered Steel speakers are veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001.

The speaker tells of his injuries and how he perseveres in his new life. Issues addressed include bullying, mistreatment and being shunned and stared at by others.

“Each year, we try to find a way to help students expand their definition of respect and their understanding of diversity,” said Greg Lee, Hart district’s director of human resources and equity services. “The message presented by Mr. Gipson to our young people was very profound, and the students realized the importance of appreciating everyone’s life story.”


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