As word spreads among young people and the buzz gets on the Internet’s social networking sites, the Youth Summit sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover continues to grow in attendance and offerings.
Young people, from 5th grade through high school are encouraged to attend the 2011 Youth Summit. The annual event will be held at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California on April 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The theme of this year’s conference is: Got Your Back! “The summit is a safe, healthy environment for young people to get some useful information that can help them in their lives,” says Supervisor Glover, “and have fun at the same time.”
Besides speakers and workshops on topics as diverse as how to find a job, the increase of incidents involving girl-on-girl violence, dating and job training. “We will have a great lineup of entertainment and other fun stuff,” during the lunch hour,” says Paul Adler, who the supervisor assigned as coordinator.
“There will be dancers, rappers, a deejay, martial arts and more,” says Adler “Kids will have a chance to see the Sheriff’s helicopter up close, get a healthy free lunch and breakfast, or get a free manicure.”
Tri-Delta Transit will also be giving out free youth passes to the summit participants, which will be good all summer long.
One of the morning highlights will be a session when the young people will be able to throw questions at local elected school, city and county officials on issues affecting youth.
“Last year, there were questions about the cutbacks in city-run recreation departments, school uniforms, city policies on smoking and the easy access to alcohol for teens,” says Adler. “Who knows what questions will come up this year? The kids can ask anything of the elected officials.”
Supervisor Glover began the youth summit when he was a Pittsburg City Council member. As Contra Costa District V Supervisor, he began sponsoring the county-wide event in 2002.