Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Taylorsville’s Youth Council Attends the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute!!

Last week our city’s Youth Council had the opportunity to attend the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute held in Logan, Utah. This is an annual event in which youth get the chance to develop their leadership skills, foster a sense of personal achievement, and gain a better understanding of government.

One of the keynote speakers was Jason Hewlett, a popular entertainer and youth speaker. He talked about the importance of having confidence in yourself and to act with your heart and not your head. Another speaker was Jackson Carter who was a contestant in the Biggest Loser.  He reaffirmed through his personal experience the importance of staying positive, being focused, and achieving goals.

The highlight of the conference was participating in the “Legion of Zoom” council challenge. Our youth competed against 28 other councils and won FIRST PLACE! They had to work together to timely and accurately answer challenging questions. They went on an adventure through various classrooms on Utah State’s campus looking for clues to help them put together a puzzle. They had to drop an egg from a second story balcony which forced them to problem solve, brainstorm, and use limited resources to keep the egg from breaking.

On Friday night, there was a formal banquet where the Award of Excellence awards were given to the winners. Taylorsville received an honorable mention.  After the banquet, all enjoyed dancing, and eating ice cream.

We would like to thank Mayor Johnson and his wife Debra for participating in the conference with the youth. We would also like to thank Gary Penrose (the Carpet Guy) for letting us borrow a structure in which the youth displayed a yearbook of their accomplishments. It was an outstanding event in which our youth excelled!

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