WESTON — Teens were inspired to “Be B.O.L.D. and Lead Strong” during three days of intensive instruction and interaction at West Virginia University-Jackson’s Mill.
The annual Fall Leadership Conference, held Nov. 13-15, was presented by the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association in conjunction with WV Campus Compact. YLA encourages teens to become active and engaged in their communities through programs that promote civic responsibility and volunteering.
Kelli Jo McNemar, director of WV Campus Compact, facilitated the conference with YLA staff and college volunteers. Students were encouraged to identify three to five initiatives or projects they are passionate about and make a commitment to help change their community. In discussion groups, the participants exchanged strategies they can employ after returning home on ideas ranging from working with veterans groups, farm-to-table initiatives, and mentoring elementary school boys and girls.
More than 100 students and adults attended the conference.