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15th Annual Iron Range Young Leaders' Conference Scheduled

Categories: 2010 Press Releases | Author: Peggy Carlson | Posted: 2/16/2010 | Views: 15730
February 4, 2010

CONTACT:
Chris Ismil, St. Louis County Youth Coordinator
Iron Range Youth in Action, Virginia, MN
Phone: 218-749-7114, Cell: 218-780-5655

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

15th Annual Iron Range Young Leaders’ Conference Scheduled
MAKE A DIFFERENCE 2010
February 17, 2010 ● Fortune Bay Resort, Lake Vermilion ● 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Craig Hillier, “Positive Choices”

For the 15th year, over 425 youth from across the Iron Range will converge on Fortune Bay Resort on Lake Vermilion for a half day of inspiration and sharing designed by area youth for area youth. Since 1990, keynote speaker, Craig Hillier has dedicated his life to encouraging and challenging young people to make positive choices addressing over 2 million students throughout the country inspiring youth to make the most of their lives. Craig possesses contagious enthusiasm and motivational ability with today's teenagers. While his approach is fun and upbeat, he takes his profession very seriously. He doesn’t pretend to have the answers to all the challenges young people face; however, he does have ideas that can send them or keep them going in a positive direction. In addition to keynoting several state leadership conventions, Craig has written two books: "How to Step Up as a Teen Leader and Still Keep Your Friends" and "Playing Beyond the Scoreboard" and is also a contributing author to "Teen Power" and "Lead Now." Craig has been nominated as an Outstanding Young Man of America and graduated with honors from Mankato State University. He has also earned the Certified Speaking Professional credentials at age 29 through National Speakers Association, only one of a handful of 3,500 professionals to earn this designation.

The Make a Difference conference will also feature nine workshops presented by Iron Range Youth in Action members from across the Iron Range. They are: Welcome to the World (humanitarian work); Going Green (eco-love for the planet); Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ (driving distractions); Spread the Word…Spread the Love (“pay it forward”); One Slap Too Many (bad relationships); Cyber Bullying (how to stop it); That’s Cheap (get the most bang for your buck); and The Best Friend You Never Wanted (alcohol and drug addiction.) Entertainment will also be provided by IRYA youth. This event is funded in part by the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners as well as Iron Range area businesses. The public is invited to attend all or part of the conference to see what positive differences youth are making here on the Iron Range.

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