2020 was a rough year for nearly everyone, especially teens. The 2020-2021 ILead Youth Leadership Summit Committee, made up of young community leaders from local high schools, decided to do something about it by bringing “sunshine vibes” to the Mid-Willamette Valley.

The Youth Committee, alongside the summit’s adult planning committee, present a FREE 1-day virtual teen summit on Saturday, February 6th, 10AM – 5:30PM and we predict it will be a “sunny” day!

So who should go? Well, if you are already a leader in your community, you should go. If you’re new to this and have never been involved in a local or national issue and you want to learn and do something about it…  well this is a great place to start. We have an awesome list of community leaders and businesses who have signed up to present some awesome workshops such as adulting preparation, financial advice, job readiness, leadership development, mental health, and personal development.

YES, there are Incentives! These include:

● Free t-shirt and other fun items in your January welcome packet. The first 25 people to register receive a post-summit “Happy Vibes” kit mailed to your door. The next 25 get the mini version.

● All-day LIVE LOUNGE with friendly competitions, slideshows, music, games and raffle prizes. Personally, I started attending ILEAD my freshman year and I was hooked. The summit connected me to the West Salem High School Teen Action Team (TAT) Club, which introduced me to CAREcorps and the One Thousand Soles shoe program. I learned how to create relationships and connect to local community leaders who have really helped me go out and do something about the issues I care about the most, which is supporting our unsheltered community and ending youth homelessnss. During winter break, the WSHS-TAT club raised $840 for the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action’s HOME Youth and Resource Services, including Taylor’s House (our only local youth shelter for 11-17 year olds). MAPS Credit Union foundation matched our gofundme fundraiser so we doubled the amount allowing us to provide gifts and emergency needs for 114 youth. ILEAD has opened the door for over 1,000 teens

through the years to get involved in causes and develop as a person and leader like I did. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Laurie Shaw Casarez, Youth Outreach and Education Coordinator with the City of Salem-Community Development Department at Lshawcasarez@cityofsalem.net.

This is FREE and OPEN to anyone in high school in Marion and Polk Counties.

Registration starts January 7th.

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