Registration is open through August 7 for the seventh annual Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), which will be held virtually August 11-13.
The free event is for rising 9th-12th graders who reside in Alexandria and provides participants with opportunities to develop leadership skills and get connected to opportunities to become more civically engaged in the Alexandria community. Youth who complete all sessions will also receive a gift card.
The event will run from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. each day and features workshops on:
Navigating through challenging times
Engaging in the process of community healing
Learning from inspiring local youth leaders
Building advocacy skills
Networking and interviewing
To close out the conference, a networking event will take place on August 13 with community and nonprofit leaders, elected officials and representatives from several local boards and commissions.
The three-day event is being hosted by the Department of Community and Human Services, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP), Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) and the Alexandria Library.
ACAP’s mission is to prevent adolescent pregnancy through culturally and age appropriate education, advocacy, technical assistance, direct service prevention programs and public awareness. Collaboratively, ACAP works with young people, their families and the community to secure brighter futures.
SAPCA is an alliance of parents, youth, schools, city health and recreation agencies, media, nonprofits, businesses, policymakers and law enforcement whose mission is to engage diverse sectors of the community in collaborative, cross-cultural and comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts that result in a reduction of underage substance use and abuse in the City of Alexandria.
The Sexual Assault Center offers support to victims of sexual assault, sexual harrassment and stalking and their families and friends. Trained volunteers and staff are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention and emotional support, advocacy with medical, police, and court systems, short-term individual and group counseling and information and referrals.
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