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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hanover Hosts Youth Summit

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Impact Youth Summit organizer still trying to fundraise for the $52,000 event.

It's a first-of-its-kind event for Hanover, and organizer Brandon Koebel is pounding the pavement in search of sponsorships and grant funding to offset the $52,000 summit cost.

The three day Impact! Youth Summit in May (from May 27th to the 29th) will attract 500 youth from across the province to the Town of Hanover.

And 200 of those youth will be from the Grey-Bruce area, while the remaining 300 will come from various locations across Ontario.

The summit is designed to instill leadership skills, while also creating an awareness for mental health and well-being with an obvious focus on youth.

Koebel says participants will also develop social media etiquette, public speaking and fundraising skills.

He says the summit will help teenagers discover how they can play a vital role in their communities, both big and/or small.

Koebel says in order to keep costs down, visiting teens will be camping at John Diefenbaker Secondary School for the three days summit.

During the summit, youth will hear from influential leaders, including social activist and Free the Children co-founder, Craig Kielburger.

And local Kincardine native, Kendra Fisher, will talk about her Team Canada hockey experience and the way her life was drastically changed by mental illness.

Koebel says no one will leave empty handed, and every teen will leave empowered with the skills and a voice to help make a positive impact on their community.

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