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Youth Learn About Leadership & Teambuilding at the 2016 AIC Annual Conference

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Forty-six youth attended this year’s conference, enjoying workshops and general sessions on topics of interest to them. The youth always play an active role in planning conference sessions and picking topics of workshops and general sessions of benefit and interest to youth.

One of the favorite activities for the youth is the teambuilding session at Bodies in Motion, which features obstacle courses, fact finding, minute-to-win-it challenges, puzzle solving and high ropes course aerial challenges. Through these fun and engaging activities, youth learn h ow to work together, trust and support others, communicate, think critically and overcome physical challenges.

Their service project this year was an interesting one. Joey Thomasson, a 14-year-old resident of Lewiston, Idaho, is currently fighting neurofibromatosis—a form of cancer that creates tumors that can cause him to lose his vision. Joey has not let his condition stop him. Through the nonprofit he set up, he makes polar fleece blankets and gives them to those who are going through cancer treatment. The youth heard Joey’s story and then eagerly proceeded to tie 75 warm and fuzzy fleece blankets for Joey’s Blankets for Courage, Strength and Hope—his nonprofit—to help him bring comfort, joy and love those going through the trials of cancer.

Youth Conference Workshops included:

  • Teambuilding & High-Ropes Course

  • Preparing Students for Their Desired Futures

  • Soft Skills for Success

  • Warm Fuzzies Service Project

  • Exquisite Communication for Leaders

  • Youth Council “Speed Dating”

  • Designer Drugs, Drug Culture Events & Their Impact on Communities & Schools

  • Don’t Go to Your Grave with Your Song Still In You


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