The Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc., presents its 6th Annual Middle School Youth Congress on Tuesday, March 26, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to be held at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church, 2609 South Blaine Street, Grand Island, Nebraska.
The event, entitled "Standing Strong: Empowering Ourselves, Empowering Others," will host approximately 100 Hall County middle school students. Participating schools include Cedar Hollow, District 1-R, Trinity Lutheran, Barr Middle School, Walnut Middle School, and Westridge Middle School.
This leadership event will encourage youth in the development of personal resiliency traits which allow them to avoid unhealthy and possibly dangerous situations, to effectively address these situations when they do arise, and to empower the people around them to do the same.
Mr. Chris Eberhardt, Assistant Principal from Northwest High School will present "Choosing to Build" in the morning, and Investigative Sergeant Jeromy McCoy of the Nebraska State Patrol will address "Cyberbullying and Social Networking" in the afternoon. Also in the morning, Schuyler Emde, a senior at Grand Island High School, will present "Stop Bullying Nebraska."
Throughout the day, students will participate in breakout sessions: "Bully Busters," led by Anita Lewandowski Brown, Executive Director of the YWCA; "The Power of Assets," with Sandy Yager, Project Coordinator for Tobacco Free Hall County; "Creating a Community of One," by Carlos Barcenas, Executive Director of the Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island; and "Drugs: Making Responsible Choices," presented by Sergeant Quinn Webb, Hall County Sheriff's Department. There will be other activities as well for a full and rewarding day.
For more information, contact the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions at 308-385-5520 or go online to www.cncaa.net.