‘Transforming Communities Through Our Youth 2001' slated at SDSU

April 26, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — With the aid of several public agencies, the Imperial Valley Youth Empowerment Coalition will be staging the "Transforming Communities Through Our Youth 2001," at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus here on Saturday.

The conference is aimed at empowering Valley youth through awareness, prevention and leadership skills and to empower young people to become advocates of healthy and positive lifestyles.

"Hopefully the exposure given to them by the different participating agencies in this conference will give our Valley youth a sense of direction and hopefully they can transition from teen-agers to young adults through different prevention techniques and awareness," said Frank Marquez, chairman of the Youth Empowerment Coalition.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SDSU campus at 720 Heber Ave.

The topics will include leadership skills, "Chicanismo and you," healthy dieting, tobacco education, gang violence bridging, dating boundaries, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, gun control, drugs and alcohol, anger management, sexual harassment, crime prevention, power of education and problem solving and critical thinking.


"We believe the only way to change our community structures is to change our youth," said Marquez.

Food, games and entertainment will be provided.

About 550 youths attended the conference last year on the Calexico campus.

Marquez said the organization is expecting about the same number of attendees and targeting students in grades seven to 12. Assemblyman Tony Cardenas will speak at the conference. Cardenas is the state budget chairman for youth violence prevention programs.

Andres Soto, a representative of the California Violence Prevention Initiative, will be at the conference.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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