Westminster hosts conference for community-oriented youth

Posted 2/19/18

More than 300 high school-age leaders from across the Front Range are expected to come to Westminster Feb. 23 for a weekend of learning about community engagement political action on a local level. …

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Westminster hosts conference for community-oriented youth

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More than 300 high school-age leaders from across the Front Range are expected to come to Westminster Feb. 23 for a weekend of learning about community engagement political action on a local level.

Westminster’s Youth Advisory Panel is hosting the Rocky Mountain Youth Summit, billed as an opportunity for Colorado youth to learn how to discuss everyday issues in their community with their peers, build their own confidence and better their own problem-solving skills.

“They can be part of a group, another panel in their city, a church youth group or just a school group,” said Joe LeDuc, staff liaisons for Westminster’s Youth Advisory Panel.

The summit kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the Denver Marriott Westminster, 7000 Church Range Boulevard and continues with speakers activities and presentations until 5 p.m.

Speaker Kari Knutson will be presenting the keynote address, titled “Just Do You,” a discussion about self empowerment and making the most of opportunities.

Other speakers include fitness advocate Alex Aleman and LGBTQ activist Michael Garcia.

The day culminates in dinner and social dance.

“It’s a bit more organized,” LeDuc said. “There will be a dance, but there will be a room for games and different ways for the kids to interact.”

The summit continues Saturday at the City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard with more speakers and activities and a community service project.

The Westminster panel is a 25-member group of high school students who either live in the city or attend a school here. It’s made up of at least two students from each high school and at-large members who are home-schooled.

The panel’s job is to advise Westminster city officials on matters near and dear to teens hearts, including recreation and school issues.

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