The 2012 Contra Costa Youth Summit will be held March 31 at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Sponsored by Contra Costa County District V Supervisor Federal Glover, the summit features workshops, exhibits, entertainment and inspirational speakers. This year’s theme is Ways To Stop Bullying and Build Character.
“Bullying occurs in our playgrounds, our schools and on the Internet,” said Glover. “Bullying can be physical or it can be emotional. It has led to reputations being destroyed and in worst-case scenarios – suicide by some of the victims.”
Last year’s summit attracted 700 youth, who heard comedian Michael Pritchard talk about surviving teenage traumas in an amusing and touching presentation. This year, the keynote address will be given by Mark Blackshear, a sought-after speaker on youth behavioral issues.
Among the workshop subjects are employment, gang avoidance, financial literacy, self-awareness and planning for college. Resources will be available tailored for young people from grades six through 12.
Taking the cur from this year’s theme will be a presentation by the Kaiser Theatrical Troupe entitled “Nightmare on Puberty Street” and a workshop on how to deal with cyberbullying.
Demonstrations include police dogs, the county sheriff’s helicopter, some of the latest dance moves and martial arts. Other attractions include DJ Lady Ray from KMEL, free airbrush tattoos, manicures and dance lessons. Lunch and a light breakfast will be served at no cost.
Glover has been holding the youth gatherings since he was a Pittsburg City Council member. The events became countywide summits when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2001. “There’s a lot of useful information for young people, presented in a non-threatening way,” said Glover. “Besides, it’s a lot of fun.”