Local teens attend YLA International Conference

Addressing international crises as a backdrop, four students from Point Pleasant Junior High School attended a three-day conference this spring in Mineral Wells to gain perspective of how world events impact their lives. The Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Associations hosted the conference.

Student president of the General Assembly, Riley Keaton, from Roane County explained: “Today’s teenagers are concerned. We have spent weeks leading up to the conference studying the important global issues that affect us. In the spirit of diplomacy, we voiced our ideas and offered solutions from our perspective. All of us work to make the future better and safer for everyone.”

Resolutions considered by the assembly included international terrorism, climate change and the ZIKA virus.

YLA’s mission is to build the civic capacity of today’s youth.

“Our signature programs are local YLA Chapters, Youth in Government Student Legislature and Supreme Court, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summits as well as Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps at Camp Horseshoe,” said Tom Starr, YLA executive director. “These young men and women have a voice that needs to be heard.”