Gov. Christine Gregoire will speak at Bellevue Youth Link's 2008 Youth Involvement Conference at noon Friday, March 21, at the Meydenbauer Center. The governor will make brief remarks at the "Elected Officials Luncheon" and spend time with local teens learning about their priorities for Bellevue.
The ninth all-city youth conference, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Meydenbauer, 11100 NE Sixth St., gives Bellevue's young people an opportunity to learn leadership skills, identify youth priorities in the community and connect to volunteer opportunities with community service agencies.
The conference theme this year is “Inspire, Imagine, Innovate.”
Bellevue middle- and high-school teens will attend workshops on topics such as technology, health and nutrition, environment, time management, depression, finance, employment and college life. Young people will lead a few sessions.
During the lunch hour, students will meet with Gov. Gregoire and local elected and community leaders. Following Gov. Gregoire's remarks, 14-year old Austin Gutwein, founder of the Hoops of Hope Foundation, which raises money for African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will speak about leadership at any age.
Parents, business leaders, youth workers and adults interested in youth needs are invited to attend the conference. Teachers and youth group leaders are encouraged to bring their classes and learn together.
The Youth Involvement Conference 2008 is free. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. The event is an excused absence in the Bellevue School District. Students may earn six community service hours for attending. Registration must be received by Wednesday, March 19. Space is limited to 400.
Through Bellevue Youth Link, teens and adults have developed many exciting youth programs and projects: the Bellevue Skate Park, Ground Zero Teen Center, Outspoken Teen Paper, Safe Rides, Teen Closet, Bellevue Youth Court and Youth Volunteer Corps.
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