Johnson County Mental Health Center hosted the 13th annual Youth Leadership Summit today at Cleveland University in Overland Park. This year’s conference focused on vaping prevention, featuring keynote speaker Jordan Roberts, youth prevention program manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Approximately 200 student leaders from 28 middle and high schools in Johnson County took part in this one-day event focused on providing education and skills to reduce underage alcohol and drug use, preventing suicide and encouraging healthy behaviors among youth. Teams of youth and adult leaders spent the day learning from peers sharing successful prevention initiatives and left with an action plan to be implemented in their local school and community.
“We believe in the power of young people to make a positive difference in our community and want to invest in providing skills and opportunities to infuse prevention throughout Johnson County,” says Shana Burgess, director of prevention services and community relations. “This is a collaborative effort to promote good health and positive choices for our middle and high school students.”