N E W S R E L E A S E
February 7, 2011
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:
16th Annual Iron Range Young Leaders’ Conference Scheduled
MAKE A DIFFERENCE 2011
February 16, 2011 ● Fortune Bay Resort, Lake Vermilion ●
9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Alex Rozier, “Follow Your Dream”
For the 16th year, over 425 young people 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. The Make a Difference 2011 conference will feature Alex Rozier, an award-winning journalist for KOMU-TV8 in Columbia, Missouri and a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism. Alex joined KOMU in 2007 when he was still a college freshman. Since joining the station, he’s been a dayside, live, and feature reporter. In recent months, he’s worked as weekend anchor for the station.
Alex is a 2010 grand prize winner of Project: Report, the worldwide contest for aspiring journalists underwritten by YouTube and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. In November of 2010, he won an Emmy award in the student production category. Alex is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of “The Culture That Crawls” International Documentary. He organized travel, set-up interviews, and coordinated and developed all the content for the web site. He reported, produced, and anchored the series shot on location in Suchitepequez, Guatemala.
A 2006 graduate of Virginia High School, Alex’s success as a young leader began with his high school experience, and today he is helping raise social awareness on global issues. Alex will share his story on how “getting involved” has changed his life and could change the lives of every student attending the conference.
The Make a Difference 2011 conference will also feature eight different workshops presented by Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) members representing schools across the Iron Range. They are: Prescription Drugs (cost: addiction and death); Just Do It (sportsmanship); If You Really Knew Me (judging others); Media Stereotypes (becoming informed); Lose the Bruise (physical & emotional abuse); Charity Awarity (getting involved locally); I Was Born This Way (sexual preference tolerance); and Pumped Up (childhood obesity.) Entertainment will also be provided by IRYA members.
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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