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Students participate in Youth Leadership Training


The Project CARE Coalition is partnering with Leading To Change to host a two-day Youth Leadership Training. Some 240 middle and high school students will enhance leadership skills and learn how to prevent risky behavior. The event focuses on engaging youth in community solutions and planning activities that address alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Richland Two schools and the community. 

Leading To Change is a Charlotte, N.C. based company that specializes in facilitating powerful, interactive, engaging and outcome-focused youth trainings. Monday, 
Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., middle school students will meet at Kelly Mill Middle School, 1141 Kelly Mill Road, Blythewood. On Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., high school students will meet at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Rd., Columbia. 

Coalition Project Director Javana Lovett says the coalition’s mission seeks to create conditions that empower families, schools, and communities to reduce substance abuse and other high risk behaviors.  

"Youth involvement is essential to the work of the coalition. This is Project CARE's first youth leadership training, and we are pleased to provide this opportunity for our students. We hope they enjoy themselves and are prepared to become advocates in their schools and the Richland Two community for drug prevention," said Lovett.

Participants should emerge from the training able to make smart and healthy decisions. Teens should be better prepared to reject peer pressure and other negative influences. Sponsors for the event are State Farm Agent Craig Plank, Jones Sales and Marketing, LLC, and Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union.