Dozens of the state’s top teen leaders came together recently at the Horseshoe Leadership Center to address important issues facing West Virginia youth during the 76th Teen Leadership-Service Summit.
Attending the Leadership Summit from Boone County was Hannah Layton.
In addition to participating in traditional camp activities where teamwork and communication are at the forefront, the students engage in dialogue and debate on domestic and international policy. The students have opportunities during the school year to professionally present their thoughts and ideas during the YLA Model United Nations event and the annual Youth in Government weekend at the Capitol in Charleston. They also plan year-long activities for their local youth organizations, emphasizing volunteerism and community service.
Students who have previously been elected to officer positions have the opportunity to cultivate leadership and teamwork skills. In the words of one, “This summit helps you learn to work well with others and to expand your own horizons.” Another added, “The best thing about the Leadership Summit at Horseshoe is the sense of community. You are learning and you don’t even realize it!”
Leadership Summit sponsors include local Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Ruritan clubs, churches, community foundations/organizations, the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association (YLA), corporations, individual and private donors. Summit information is available at YLA’s website www.yla-youthleadership.org, or by calling 304-478-2481.