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YOUth LEADership Conference set June 10-14
May 08, 2013 | 733 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Youths learn to becoming leaders and have fun in the process at Victoria College’s YOUth LEADership Conference.
Youths learn to becoming leaders and have fun in the process at Victoria College’s YOUth LEADership Conference.
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Victoria Business and Education Coalition (VBEC) along with Pioneer Natural Resources will host the annual YOUth LEADership Conference for incoming 7th-graders June 10-14 at Victoria College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This once-a-year, life-changing program has expanded to all the communities that Pioneer Natural Resource has done business in and around the Victoria area. VBEC will be accepting 100 students from regional area school districts along with 30 high school/college student leaders. The conference is now only $50 to attend as Pioneer Natural Resources has graciously provided a $100 scholarship on behalf of all participants, thus covering the majority of the actual $150 conference fee.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided each day along with many great activities.

Student participants will experience dynamic speakers, a rock-wall climb, recreation, a community-service project and a water party. Daily themes include “Goals and Dreams,” “Success that Matters,” “Servant Leadership,” and “Obedience” (which is taught by a Team of Incredible Dogs), Invista nd DOW will host the “YOUth LEADers in Science” Day, highlighting exciting interactive experiments and demonstrations.

Students are strongly encouraged during the week to continue their education and stay in school in order to be successful. Participants will be kept engaged in meaningful discussion by balancing fun activities, presentations and projects, and awarding many certificates and trophies. Many students have shared how the conference has had a positive impact on their lives (even life-changing). Some of these very same students return serving as team leaders to the conference each year.

According to student evaluations, one highlight of the conference is a presentation by a man who has no arms, yet he drives, diapers his baby and eats with his feet. He presents his philosophy: “You can do anything that you put your mind to, so never give up!”

This annual event is having a long-term impact on the schools and communities in the region and seeks to reach young adults at pinnacle points in their lives. By the end of the week, an “I CAN” attitude will be instilled in each student. Participants will be inspired and equipped with the leadership skills needed to reach their educational and career goals.

With the support of Pioneer Natural Resources, the event is able to reach more students this year than ever before. Along with this support, community volunteers are also needed. Come out and meet future leaders by assisting with daily activities including snacks, events and supervision. The goal is to show students that the community supports them and cares about their future.

For applications, more information or to volunteer, contact Lanell Mantey, VBEC Executive Director at 361-572-8232 or lanellmantey@sbcglobal.net; or Peter McNally, Program Director, at 361-572-8233 or mcmac450@aol.com. Read more about this event on their website: www.vbectx.org.
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