Annual youth leadership conference to begin

Students learn about common teen issues

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Student leaders and organizers are gearing up for the 14th annual Leaders In Life Conference at the Rabobank Convention Center.

The annual youth leadership conference aims to educate teens about common issues they struggle with every day. It’s organized by students for students. Organizers say it’s a great way to give younger teens a lesson outside of the classroom on things like teen pregnancy, bullying and drunk driving.

We actually have a DUI sentencing for one of our workshops and that should hit home for a lot of people because you'll get to see how alcohol affects teenagers,” said student leader Ariane Lane.

There will be guest speakers and information on different colleges. Something new this year is a tobacco workshop where students will learn about the dangers of smoking.

“It gives you a chance to learn about how tobacco affects you.”

A lot of the student leaders have been involved with Leaders In Life for several years. They told 23 ABC it’s a chance to give back and show teens they can make a difference.

“I wanted to be part of Leaders In Life because it’s like a mentorship. You can help other students and other kids that are younger and teach them about life,” said student leader Leezette Uzzle.

“I can help people. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned.”

The conference takes place on Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Participants will need to pay $10.00 to get in, but all proceeds will go towards next year’s conference.

 

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