Break the Stigma—ILEAD Youth Summit 2019

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9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, November 2nd

Break the Stigma of mental health in our community.

Join high schoolers from around Marion County for this one-day teen summit. Download flyer and download registration form.

​Top 10 things you need to know

  1. ILEAD is FREE.
  2. Summit is held in two locations: Starts at North Salem High School (pending) and ends at Wipper Teen Center.
  3. Set a cell reminder. This event is Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 2019.
  4. Runs 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Long day and worth every minute.
  5. Any high school student living in Marion County or West Salem can attend.
  6. You get a free t-shirt, meals and snacks.
  7. Transportation provided.
  8. Registration forms can be downloaded. Many schools will have 'em too.
  9. Dance, hoops, games, raffle prizes, food & swag for purchase (bring $$), and more.
  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

Games and activities led by college students. The 4th Annual Rock-paper-scissors Tournament returns.

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?

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

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 2019 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:

  • October 3—Download registration forms from our website.
  • October 7—Registration forms available at schools.
  • October 28—Registration deadline extended. Submit forms to school contact by end of school day.
  • October 28-November 1—Email, Facebook and phone confirmations sent out. You will be notified by a Youth Committee member on your registration status.
  • November 2—The summit is here!

​Registration forms

Registrations are first-come, first-served so register early. The last day to register is now Monday, October 28th, (the forms say Wednesday, October 23rd). Turn in completed registration forms to your school’s teacher contact listed below.

Forms must be signed by your parent/guardian.

ILEAD staff will notify you before the event about your registration status.

School contacts (subject to change)

Check the list below to find your school contact. If you don’t know who your contact is then just hit up your school’s Main Office and ask for their help tracking them down.  

  • Cascade HS—Counselor Cristina Williams
  • Central HS—Power Peers Class
  • Chemawa—Mrs. Diane McGinnis, Student Council Adviser
  • Early College HS—Sarah Muir, Room 125
  • Gervais HS—Girls Basketball Coach Buse, Main Office
  • Jefferson HS—TBD
  • John F. Kennedy HS—Mrs. Jessica Schmidtman, Room 111
  • McKay HS—Ms. (Bristol) Wright, Room 110
  • McNary HS—Mandy Elder, AVID Ambassador
  • North Salem HS—Mrs. Gloria Espitia, Guidance Office
  • Roberts HS—Mr. Paul Sell, Assistant Principal
  • South Salem HS—Mrs. DePiero, AVID Office
  • Sprague HS— Main Office
  • West Salem HS—Front Office
  • Woodburn—Main Offices

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 main event sponsors

Sponsor logos: City of Salem, Marion County Health Department 

Regional event sponsors and supporters

Regional Sponsor logos: Polk County, Bridgeway  

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!

  • Abigail Velasco
  • Ann Krier
  • Kyle Buse
  • Laurie Shaw Casarez
  • Sonny Saltalamachia
  • Susan McLauchlin
  • Indica Stephenson
  • Jessica Estrada
  • Gloria Espitia
  • Michael Keuler
  • Elisabeth Bentz
  • Jessica Otjen
  • Maya Vences
  • Zyanya Aguilar-Nelson

Youth committee representatives

  • Elly Ranzoni, Cascade HS
  • Giovanna Hernandez, Cascade HS
  • Mandy Marcos, Early College HS
  • Andrew Kalmen, McKay HS
  • Ismael Hernandez Sanchez, McKay HS
  • Lucia Saldaña, McKay HS
  • Raquel Marquez, McKay HS
  • Ambar Ramirez, North Salem HS
  • Octavio Maldanado, North Salem HS
  • La’Maya Thielen, North Salem HS
  • Emily Kingsley, Roberts HS
  • Evyn Baker, West Salem HS
  • Lorenzo Trejo De Dios, West Salem HS

Check out past Summit photos

​Summit location

9am – 11am  North Salem High School (look for signs) at 765 14th St NE, Salem, OR 97301 *Location pending

11am – 9pm  Wipper Teen Center (Boys&Girls Club Knudsen Branch) at 1395 Summer Street NE Salem, OR 97301

Contact us

Laurie Shaw CasarezYouth Development and Prevention CoordinatorCommunity Development Department
Follow us

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