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Leadership and Volunteerism at the Center of Youth Involvement Conference

Young people can register now for the conference, being hosted by Bellevue Youth Link.

Bellevue teens can learn leadership skills, identify youth priorities in the community and connect to volunteer opportunities with community service agencies at a conference on April 27 at City Hall.

At the Youth Involvement 2012 Conference, hosted by , the theme is “Stand Up, Speak Out, Break Thru.” From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, Bellevue middle-school and high-school teens can attend workshops about a variety of topics such as technology, youth philanthropy, money management, high school and college life. Some sessions will be led by youth, and at the lunch hour, students will have the opportunity to meet with local elected and community leaders about their concerns.

Featured speakers include Chirag Ved, a Bellevue High School senior and CEO/founder of “Linking Opportunity” – an organization that connects high school students with volunteer opportunities – and Kevin Vu, Interlake High School senior and director of “Students Helping Students.”  These students’ organizations have been instrumental in helping Bellevue youth perform volunteer work here in Bellevue – and as far away as South Africa.

Parents, business leaders, youth workers and adults interested in youth needs are invited to attend. Teachers and youth group leaders are encouraged to bring their classes and learn together. The conference is free to all youth and adults. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. The event is an excused absence in the Bellevue School District and students may earn six community service hours for attending.

Registration must be received by April 18, and space is limited to the first 300 registered participants. Registration is available online at www.myparksandrecreation.com

For more information, contact Bellevue Youth Link at 425-452-2846. Bellevue Youth Link is a national award-winning partnership of the City of Bellevue and that engages young people in community leadership.

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