United Counseling Service (UCS) is delighted to announce that registration is open for the Southern Vermont Youth Summit. The Youth Summit will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 8:30am- 2:45pm. The day will begin at Southwestern Vermont Health Care at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington with workshops located throughout SVHC and UCS campuses.
The keynote speaker, Ron “Cook” Barrett, will discuss self-esteem and appreciation, helping students find a sense of pride in themselves and learning to appreciate their differences. Workshops will include Suicide Prevention, Beading, Acts of Kindness, Hip Hop and more. This year, thanks to the Youth in Transition Grant from the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (VFFCMH) the summit is open to all Southern Vermont youth.
This is the fourth year that UCS has hosted the Youth Summit. “This event provides an opportunity for youth to share their thoughts and ideas about their generation’s problems.” says Yolanda Palmer, Program Manager at UCS who is spearheading this year’s summit. “There will be some fun workshops and some informative ones, allowing youth to have conversations about difficult topics like opiate addiction and suicide prevention.”
This promises to be an empowering experience for youth. The summit is open to all teens, ages thirteen to nineteen. To register for this free event visit www.eventbrite.com and search “Southern Vermont Youth Summit”. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Christelle Manon at CManon@UCSVT.org or 802-442-5491 ext. 503.