FARMINGTON – Nine students from Jay, SAD 9, SAD 36, SAD 58 and Rangeley recently attended the 21st annual Peer Leadership Conference sponsored by the Maine Youth Action Network in Bar Harbor.

Approximately 500 students attended workshops throughout the state that focused on the conference mission, “To inspire the youth and adults who attend this conference to create positive change in Maine communities.”

Seventy workshops were offered over the two-day conference such as “The Story of Nicotine,” “Telling Your Story: How a Teachable Moment Leads to Social Change” and “Youth in Action: Friend to Friend Activism.”

The following students attended the event: Savannah White, Rangeley; Stephanie Greene and Heather Roux, SAD 36; Keri Zitsch, SAD 58; Cameron Fry, Jay, Vanessa Clark, Hannah West, Emily Wooden and Zoe Hardy, SAD 9.

At the close of the conference, students created an action plan where their number one goal was to have more youth involvement within school and community activities.

The first step toward achieving the goal was a youth coalition meeting at Livermore Falls High School for middle and high school students in all five school districts. Those wishing more information can call Nicole Ditata at the Healthy Community Coalition, 645-3136 or 1-800-525-3136, ext. 5109.

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