Area Youth to Learn about Justice, Tolerance, Violence

On Tuesday, October 5 beginning at 8:45 a.m., Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host the annual Youth Symposium, a day-long event that brings together more than 300 area high school students to teach them skills that will help them properly address the contemporary issues of justice, tolerance, and violence.

This year's symposium, "It's Your Future? Bring Your 'A-Game,'" will feature workshops on Distracted Driving, Thugs and Drugs, the Making of a Trooper, and Trapped in the Gang Life.  Other topics of discussion include cultural diversity, stress management, substance abuse, personal goal setting, crime prevention, healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of productive and participatory citizenship.

During the afternoon sessions of the Youth Symposium, students will have the chance to participate in more hands-on activities including a rock climbing wall and team building exercises in addition to learning what it takes to be an emergency responder and exploring the world through impairment goggles

The Youth Symposium, established in 1973, encourages higher education/vocation training and continues to promote self-supporting, self-sufficient, productive citizens.  Various social services agencies, law enforcement, community leaders, and school administrators collaborate on this annual event to provide quality education to the youth of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Public Information Coordinator at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, at [email protected] or 570-675-9269.