Agencies to sponsor youth summit

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LEWISTON – The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, Healthy Androscoggin and Communities for Children and Youth are teaming up to sponsor the first Youth Summit in the Androscoggin County area.

The club’s donation of $5,000 and mentorship by club members is making it possible for the “Youth 2 Youth Roadshow – Traveling to a Healthier You!” to take place on March 29 at Lewiston-Auburn College.

Coming together under the umbrella of Healthy Androscoggin, eight youth groups totaling 150 middle and high school students from Lewiston, Auburn, Poland, Lisbon and Turner will attend the summit.

The experience, including a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, networking, advocacy training and action planning, will provide the students with the knowledge and skills to educate, advocate and support healthy lifestyle decisions among their peers and community with the intention of influencing more than 6,200 other students in Androscoggin County.

A requirement of the full-day conference will be for all youth groups to participate in an action planning session. Plans will be reviewed by a panel of Healthy Androscoggin staff and Rotarians. Mentors from the L/A Rotary Club will then help the youth groups obtain grants from local business to help them implement their plans.

Healthy Androscoggin is a community coalition funded in part by the Healthy Maine Partnership, Maine Center for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Office of Substance Abuse.

The organization’s four main goals are supporting tobacco-free lifestyles, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy eating and preventing youth substance use.

For more information about this and other health related events/resources, call 795-5990 or visit www.healthyandroscoggin.org.

The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Ramada Inn. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and/or becoming a member is welcome to attend. For more information, access the Web at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org or call 333-3049.

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