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Student Leaders Attend Youth Conference

Hunter Reis '13
Opinion Editor
March 13, 2012

On Tuesday, March 6, student leaders from Durfee visited Bridgewater State University to attend the Youth Conference hosted by the Old Colony YMCA.

Over thirty students, including members of Durfee Student Government, took the trip up to Bridgewater to meet with 23 other Massachusetts high schools. This leadership conference included a keynote speaker, various workshops, a resource fair, and many prizes for the students to win.

Students take a group picture with their prizes.
                                                       --Hilltop File Photo

Upon arriving to the college, students could pick from a variety of different workshops to attend. The workshops included “Goal Setting and Happiness,” “Youth Employability,” and even “Put out the Word: Using Hip-Hop to Engage a Disenfranchised Generation.” All of the workshops aimed to educate the young future leaders of the world.

"I liked the leadership conference because you could pick workshops that interested you to attend," said Student Body President Brogan Murphy. 

Durfee junior Bailey Brooks took advantage of the variety of workshops available to her, "I went to the Nutrition workshop," said Brooks, "I learned a lot about the importance of eating right and making healthy choices."

The students were first seated in the school’s auditorium to listen to a motivational speech, by Stonehill College's Associate Professor of Health Services, Mr. Warren Dahlin.

Dahlin recently won an award for his popular management and leadership course entitled “The Creative Process.” This course has been called one of the three best courses in the nation. Dahlin spoke of his own experiences and how he learned that nobody should take themselves too seriously.

Following the speaker, students attended their leadership workshops of choice and enjoyed a complimentary lunch in the campus’s commuter cafeteria. After lunch, students were brought to a resource fair. The fair included community organizations such as, “New Life Counseling & Wellness Center” and “Good Samaritan Wellness Center.” Each station shared important information and gave away promotional items to students.

Although many companies talked with the student about their future careers, others talked about college life, making healthy choices, and how to make the best out of your high school experience.