Start of the Next Chapter—ILEAD Youth Summit February 2021

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10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 6th

2020 has been rough.

We’re going virtual with sunshine vibes as we connect, sound off, dive deep, laugh our faces off, and take the next step as a leader and adult in this world.

Join high schoolers from around the Mid-Willamette Valley for this one-day teen summit. Download flyer and workshop information and register.

​Top 10 things you need to know

  1. ILEAD is FREE.
  2. Registration launches January 7th, 2021.
  3. Summit is held online with Opening and Closing sessions plus an After-Party.
  4. Runs 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  5. Long day? Yes. But we fight screen fatigue with lots of breaks and active challenges.
  6. Open to any high school-aged youth living in Marion and Polk Counties.
  7. Free t-shirt and other good stuff in your January welcome packet.
  8. First 25 to register receive a post-summit “Happy Vibes” kit mailed to your door. Next 25 get the mini-version.
  9. All-day LIVE LOUNGE with friendly competitions, slideshows, music, games and raffle prizes.
  10. Get ready to change your world.

Workshops and activities

No matter the event theme, topics focus every year on:

  • Effective  communication
  • Personal and leadership development
  • Prevention, awareness and teen advocacy
  • Goal setting

Small groups led by college students. 

Our annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament returns with the winner receiving a wild prize!

Who should go?

Are you:

  • A current teen leader in school or the community?
  • A teen who cares about causes or issues but doesn't know where to get involved?
  • A youth who wants to figure themselves out a little more?
  • A person who'd like to learn a little about how to use your skills and giftings in the real world?
  • A student who just wants to check things out, have fun and get better at life?
  • A teen living in the time of a global pandemic?

If your answered yes to any of these questions, ILEAD Summit is for you.

Teen panel forum + Coping with stress

Presented by Oregon Youthline’s teen crisis hotline volunteers and Outreach Specialist Jarid Rother

Youthline returns to ILEAD for a third year in a row offering two workshop sessions focusing on teen mental health awareness. A Real Talk Forum is offered as a workshop session where a teen panel will share their experiences serving at Youthline in Portland and answer your questions too. Jarid Rother’s role as YouthLine’s Outreach Specialist has him connecting with people from across the state of Oregon to facilitate valuable conversations destigmatizing mental health, normalizing help-seeking behavior in youth, and promoting YouthLine as a resource. His stress management presentation will help you identify your own stressors as well creating a personal plan of supports for the future. This workshop has been offered in the past at ILEAD with teens speaking highly of it. Don’t miss it!

Walk the dog

Presented by Isaac’s Room, Inc.’s (aka IKE Box Café – IKE Quest Youth Program) Executive Director Mark Bulgin

The surprising formula to get out of your head, shake the ‘meh’ off, and resume world domination. (Dog optional.) Let’s admit it, sometimes we hold our own selves back. Why? Explore your why and get coached by Mark on how to move out of that mode and into something better for your life and your world! This workshop will dive deep and spaces are limited to create an even safer space to reflect and interact.



Next level strategies for change

Presented by UMatter Founder and West Salem HS Senior Anthony Broncheau and iRespect&Protect Prevention Program Director Kelley Parosa

Your voice matters, make it count! Learn strategies to run an impactful community/school campaign for social change and connect with other youth in an online survey focus group to create innovative solutions to reduce teen anxiety and depression. Be a part of a community solution in real time during the workshop. The local grassroots iRespect&Protect Campaign is ready for you, have your cell phone handy and ready to voice your opinion! Learn ways to get more involved with the campaign after the summit too.

Like a good neighbor: Insurance Tips for Teens

Presented by State Farm Insurance Agent Ryan Gelbrich

Ever see those insurance commercials and wonder why people buy auto, home/renters, and life insurance in the first place? Learn from a local expert in this interactive workshop about how insurance works, when you should have it, and what a good policy looks like. Come ready with your questions to ask! 

Challenging times call for creative solutions: Stress and strategies for self-care

Presented by Trauma Recovery Coach Svava Brooks and Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW

The global pandemic, racial injustice, anti-LGBTQ+ hate, school, work, LIFE in general - no wonder our stress levels are higher than ever. This interactive workshop will support teens in identifying the warning signs of stress and learn practical tools to build resilience starting today. By cultivating self-awareness now, you build on these skills and practices for a lifetime.  

MAPS Credit Union presents

Financial fitness

Learn savvy saving solutions, how to strengthen your budget, and how to crush at the credit game.

Walk away more confident about this mysterious part of adulting known as the financial world.

Smashing student loans

Take the scary subject of student loans and smash it!  See examples of different types of loans

and repayment strategies.  By the end, you'll feel empowered in how to dominate debt and manage any and all types of student loans

Past ILEAD surveys + Youth Committee feedback determine each summit's themes & topics.

2021 Workshop Categories








Choose your own adventure this February.

We’re offering 3 sessions packed full of workshops!





ILEAD participants will be some of the first to see this documentary in Marion County.
It’s our opening session for ILEAD 2019! 

Summit draws local newspaper attention.

Can’t attend ILEAD 2019? Want to build on what you learned at the summit? Join us at our 1st ever ILEAD EXTENDED event in January! More info at this link.

Introducing our Master of Ceremonies: Aiden Tariku

Aiden Tariku is a senior at Oregon State University studying English & Economics.He currently works in Diversity and Cultural Engagement in Masculinities Explorations.

To Aiden, mental health is everything. Having outlets to express himself creatively and surrounding himself with good friends has allowed our MC to grow into the person he is today. He enjoys listening to music, photography, and going outside. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with those who make his life meaningful. To Aiden, breaking the stigma around mental health is important because we all experience tough times and should all feel comfortable confiding in those around us when we need extra support. Breaking the stigma allows folks to find comfort in the idea of seeking care.

2019 Workshops

Presented by ILEAD Committee Members unless otherwise listed.

Coping with Stress

How Our Lives Intersect

Loss:  It's rough.  Now what?

Digital World & Teen Anxiety

"Screenagers: Next Chapter" documentary screening sponsored by Marion County Health & Human Services.

Teen Advocates Panel  

Students from McKay and South Salem High Schools speak on their efforts to Break the Stigma.

Suicide Awareness

YouthLine is back to offer this important session.

Latest updates

We are excited to announce IKE Box Café is our official coffee sponsor for 2019. Thanks IKE for waking us up and keeping us fueled November 2nd.

ILEAD Youth Summit 2021 is almost here!

Write it in your planners. Set a reminder on your cell. Download flyer.

Check out our deadlines and burn them into your brain:

  • January 7Registration opens here from our website.
  • February 1Registration deadline to still receive the Welcome Packet (event t-shirt included) and any specific workshop materials. Some workshops may be closed after this date due to required materials for specific workshops. All other workshops will still be open for selection.
  • February 5Registration deadline to attend. Welcome Packet will be mailed after the event.
  • February 6—The summit is here!

Daily Schedule

  • 10:00 am Opening Session
  • 10:30 am Small Groups
  • 11:15 am Breakout Session 1
  • 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • 1:15 pm Breakout Session 2
  • 2:15 pm Breakout Session 3
  • 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:15 pm Small Groups
  • 3:45 pm Closing Session
  • 4:30 pm After Party
  • 5:30 pm Event End





 is our registration site this year.

  1. Sign up for a new account FIRST. (Click on "Sign In" found in upper right-hand corner.) There's a video tutorial that might help too. 

    1.  You do not have to complete the medical info. You can select "none" in the pull down menu.

    2. Type "NA" for all fields that ask first things like your health insurance.

    3. And type 555 555-5555 for the physician's number. It's confusing. So sorry!
  2. Then select our ILEAD event. Follow the steps to register for the summit including workshop selections.

  3. CampsEZ will send your parent/guardian an email with a fillable waiver to sign within 24 hours.

  4. To sign the waiver use a drawing tool or touchpad and have your signatures match as close as possible to your written one!

  5. Instructions are included with the email to help! 

  6. Once you've attached the completed and signed waiver to your CampEZ account, you are officially confirmed for ILEAD!!

  7. Welcome Packet is mailed soon afterwards. Email confirmations and reminders will be sent leading up to the event!

Tech support is available too at CampEZ. Just email them!

Participants are strongly encouraged to use the free event transportation. Neighborhood parking is very limited.

Routes subject to change based on registration.

  • Salem Keizer Schools’ buses will pick up and drop off at many school  campuses.
  • If you ride the bus to the event, you must ride the bus back to the same campus.
  • An ILEAD Bus Chaperone will be on board for roll-call.
  • All students riding the bus will need to have the bus permission section signed on the registration form.

IMPORTANT: The entire registration packet must be completed and signed in order to get on the bus.

Be at school 10 minutes before departure.

Bus Route #1: Sprague-South

  • Sprague 8:30am South Salem 8:50am
  • Sprague 9:35pm South Salem 9:25pm

Bus Route #2: West-McNary-McKay

  • West Salem 7:45a McNary 8:15am McKay 8:45am
  • West Salem 9:30pm McNary 9:50pm McKay 10:00pm

Bus Route #3: Woodburn-Gervais-Mt. Angel-Kennedy (Mt. Angel)

  • Woodburn 7:45am Gervais 8:10am Kennedy 8:30am
  • Woodburn 10:10p Gervais 10:00pm Kennedy 9:45pm

​Proud event sponsors

Sponsor logos: City of Salem, Marion County Health Department

Collaboration committee

Our hard-working volunteer Committee consists of local professionals in the fields of Youth Development, Adolescent Substance Use Prevention and Intervention, Workforce Readiness,  Service Leadership, and Emergency Response. Thank you for your service to youth!

  • Ann Krier
  • Kyle Buse
  • Laurie Shaw Casarez
  • Sonny Saltalamachia
  • Gloria Espitia
  • Jamie Harris
  • Kelley Parosa
  • Michael Keuler
  • Nathan Tamplen
  • Elisabeth Bentz
  • Zyanya Aguilar-Nelson

Youth committee representatives

  • Evyn Baker, West Salem HS
  • Angel Franco, South Salem HS
  • Jennifer Valdivia, McKay HS
  • Yesenia Perez, Central HS
  • Daisy Biggs, Central HS
  • Belinda López R, Woodburn WeBSS

Check out past Summit photos

​Summit location

Register here:

Watch this tutorial to help register:

NOTE: Make sure you create your CampsEZ account first before registering for ILEAD.

It's all virtual. Event landing page link coming soon.

Be ready to use ZOOM on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Contact us

Laurie Shaw CasarezYouth Outreach and Education CoordinatorCommunity Development Department
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Oregon 4-H Camp, 5390 4-H Road NW, Salem, OR 97304

YMCA buses will pick up and drop off at many school campuses.

If you ride the bus to the event, you must ride the bus back to the school where you got on.

An ILEAD Bus Chaperone will be on board for roll-call.

All students riding the bus will need to turn in a bus permission form.

Morning route (subject to change)

​Bus number ​Bus stop location ​Departure time
​1 ​Woodburn High School ​7:50 a.m.
​1 ​Gervais High School ​8:15 a.m.
​2 ​Sprague High School ​7:45 a.m.
​2 ​South Salem High School ​8:05 a.m.
​2 ​West Salem High School ​8:30 a.m.
​3 ​North Salem High School ​7:30 a.m.
​3 ​McKay High School ​7:50 a.m.
​3 ​McNary High School ​8:20 a.m.
​Shuttle Dallas High School ​8:20 a.m.

Evening route (subject to change)

​Bus number ​Bus stop location ​Arrival time
​1 ​Woodburn High School 9:40 p.m.
​1 ​Gervais High School 10:00 p.m.
​2 ​Sprague High School 10:05 p.m.
​2 ​South Salem High School 9:45 p.m.
​2 ​West Salem High School 9:20 p.m.
​3 ​North Salem High School 10:10 p.m.
​3 ​McKay High School 9:55 p.m.
​3 ​McNary High School 9:30 p.m.
​Shuttle Dallas High School 9:35 p.m.


Bus stop locations (subject to change)

  • Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St, Independence OR 97351
  • Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave, Dallas OR 97338
  • Gervais High School, 300 Douglas Ave NE, Gervais OR 97026
  • McKay High School, 2440 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem OR 97305
  • McNary High School, 595 Chemawa Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303
  • North Salem High School, 765 14th St NE, Salem OR 97304
  • South Salem High School, 1910 Church St SE, Salem OR 97302
  • Sprague High School, 2373 Kuebler Blvd, Salem OR 97302
  • West Salem High School 1776 Titan Dr NW, Salem OR 97304
  • Woodburn High School, 1785 N Front St, Woodburn OR 97071