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.