North Coast Youth Envision Their Impact
Submitted by DREAM QUEST
Dream Quest teens joined over 300 teens from Humboldt County and beyond 11th Annual Northcoast Youth Summit: “Envision Your Impact!” on March 15th at College of the Redwoods. The event was coordinated by the Humboldt County 4-H for 7th-12th graders and adults who work with youth. The fun, interactive conference was to increase the leadership skills of youth and adults, provide workforce preparation and empower them to become agents of change in their world. There were over 40 dynamic workshops, two motivational keynote speakers, service projects, and lunch.
We left Dream Quest at 7:00am to arrive in time for breakfast snack at College of the Redwoods. After being inspired by the first keynote speaker, Laura Ziemer, everyone went their own ways to individual workshops. Lunch on the sunny lawn with new friends was a fun, followed by more workshops and the second speaker, Kintay Johnson. We stopped for a little friendly competition in the form of laser tag. (What, that’s NOT a vocational skill?). The blue team tromped the yellow team, 54,100 to 47,950. Next we had Vietnamese food at Pho Hoang in Arcata, where we wrote about the day’s experience after placing our dinner orders. We made it back to Dream Quest at 8:00 p.m., satiated with good food, newfound knowledge and camaraderie.
The youth had a great day. Galen Treesong’s favorite workshop was CPR Certification. “It taught me a great, usable skill that I can apply to everyday life. When someone goes down, I now feel like I can do something about it.” Adrian Cape said “My favorite was Youth Voice in Government. The people I met and how I found out how many others had the same beliefs as me. I learned a lot in that class not only how to solve real world problems, but to have faith. There are many people in this world who are not blind to it.” Snow Williams said, “I got to hold a bearded dragon, boa constrictor and a king snake. I really like College of the Redwoods. I want to go back next year.”