More than 100 students representing 12 youth advisory councils in North Carolina will be in Winston-Salem Feb. 8-10 for a conference hosted by the Human Relations Commission and the Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council.
The theme of the conference is “Leadership and Teambuilding.” During the conference, attendees will hear from local elected leaders and the heads of local organizations, including Mayor Allen Joines; Mayor Pro Tempore and Northeast Ward Council Member Vivian H. Burke; East Ward Council Member Derwin Montgomery; Dan Parsons, the executive director of Winston-Salem Rescue Mission; Valene Franco, the supervising attorney for the Winston-Salem office of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and Nora Baker, the Principal of the Year for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Students will also tour the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and participate in at least one service learning project at the conference that can be replicated or supported by the youth in their respective home cities.
The Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council comprises students from each high school in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County who are interested in civic engagement. Members work throughout the school year to learn about the community, engage in government, plan an annual project, participate in state-wide youth council programs, and volunteer their time. Staff support for the council is provided by the Human Relations Department.
For more information about the conference, the Human Relations Commission or the Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council, contact CityLink 311.
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