Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference addresses issues facing young people in Wisconsin
Representatives of youth groups from around the state gathered at the YMCA Camp Matawa November 9-11 to address some of the important issues facing young people in Wisconsin.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Representatives of youth groups from around the state gathered at the YMCA Camp Matawa November 9-11 to address some of the important issues facing young people in Wisconsin. Attendees at the 2012 Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership ( YPCL ) conference convened to create actions plans around issues like healthy lifestyles, restorative justice, interpersonal relationships and ending bullying and youth violence. Youth representatives came from groups and organizations around the state, including Dream Chasers and Urban Underground from Milwaukee; Teen Court programs from Fond du Lac, Forest and Rusk Counties; groups working on drug and alcohol abuse prevention from Wautoma, Edgerton and Horicon; Focus on Community from Racine; WISE Youth from the Oneida Nation in Green Bay; members of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Youth Council; the United Way Fox Cities Youth Board; 4-H Youth Development; the Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program; and youth working on relationship violence prevention, including Fighting Against Abusive Relationships in Shawano and Zero Tolerance in Appleton. The conference also had a special delegation from the African Leadership Project from Nigeria.
YPCL is a coalition of youth and adults representing state-wide organizations in Wisconsin that promote greater youth and adult involvement in civic life. The conference has brought youth and adults together to think critically about challenges that face young people in Wisconsin and how to improve them since 2004. The teams who attend bring home action plans to address these issues in their own communities.
The 2012 YPCL conference was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development, Urban Underground, Wisconsin Youth Voice, Focus on Community and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Conference sponsors include the Wisconsin Brighter Futures Initiative, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin Positive Youth Development.
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