The 11th annual ILEAD Youth Leadership Summit is set for Sat., Nov. 2, 2019. This free, one-day event is open to any high school-aged teen living in Marion County. The event will start at North Salem High School and end at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties' Wipper Teen Center.
The summit will empower and equip teens to be less afraid to talk about mental health with friends, family, school counselors, and in the community through guest speakers (including a youth panel), workshop breakout sessions, a documentary screening of "Screenagers: Next Chapter", and interactive games.
"ILEAD 2019 is important because it's an opportunity for students to become more exposed to the topic of mental health," said summit youth committee member, Andrew Kalmen, a senior at McKay High School. "We need to break the stigma around mental health. ILEAD, for a second year in a row, will provide information that teens can use in their daily lives. This knowledge can help students better not only their own health but those around them."
Registration closes Oct. 23, 2019. Application forms are posted on the event website and at many Marion County-area high schools. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes fun activities, meals, an event t-shirt for all teen participants, and bus transportation at 11 high schools.
Coordinated by the City of Salem, ILEAD is produced each year by a youth committee, college student event staff, and a planning committee made up of local youth development, prevention, and workforce readiness professionals. Sponsors for the 2019 Summit include Salem Health, Marion County Health and Human Services, United Way, and Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.