Lewiston youth hosting April summit


LEWISTON — A city youth advisory group will host 130 high school students from around Androscoggin County on April 16 for a day of seminars, skits and motivation.

The Lewiston Youth Summit 2010 is being hosted by the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council and the Lewiston Firefighters  Association at the Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave.

It’s also designed to showcase Lewiston and some of its bright spots.

“Some members of the youth council attended a summit in Augusta, and when they said they were from Lewiston, lots of kids were not familiar with it,” said Dot Perham-Whittier, youth council adviser. “This is an opportunity to showcase the city and what it has to offer, and help get the word out about it.”

The youth council will begin sending invitations to Androscoggin County high schools next week, and they hope each school will send 10 students.

“It’s really up to each school how they choose which 10 students they send,” Perham-Whittier said. It’s currently only open to studetns from Androscoggin County schools.

“This the first time they’ve done this, so they want to see how it goes,” she said.

Former Auburn and Lewiston Mayor John Jenkins, a motivational speaker, will give the keynote address, and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce will present a talk on college and tourism. The youth council will also debut a video presentation, “Lewiston in the Eyes of  Youth.” It’s a musical slide show featuring photographs and art relating to Lewiston.

Breakout seminars will focus on drama, dating, college planning and money management for teens. Another session tackles the topic of alcoholism.

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