LP youth learn about leadership and community change

Lake Placid/Wilmington CYC students at the Great Escape Lodge for a leadership forum in Queensbury.

Lake Placid/Wilmington CYC students at the Great Escape Lodge for a leadership forum in Queensbury. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Lake Placid students took a weekend to learn about leadership and community change to bring about positive changes for Lake Placid and Wilmington area teens.

The 23 students from Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth in Communities Coalition (CYC) traveled to Queensbury from Oct. 25 through the 28, and held their forum at the Great Escape Lodge. CYC Coordinator Tina Clark said the lodge was chosen to give students the opportunity to work hard during the day, participating in training exercises, and were able to have fun in the water park and Frightfest at night.

Students included: Gabby Armstrong, Stuart Baird, Alex Brandes, Haley Brandes, Kyle Carrow, Ryan Damp, Lorraine Draper, Jack Gallagher, Kate Gallagher, Ryan Grady, Bjorn Kroes, Greta Lautenschuetz, Grace McGrew, Tony Miller, Emma Morris-Downey, Hanna Potter, Matoaka Riedl, Karl Schulz, Justin Stosiek, Nzoni Thompson, Erin Weaver, Chris Williams and Veronica Zayonc. Trainers included Mary Dietrich, Tina Clark, Mac MacDevitt, Clay Reaser, and were chaperoned by Jason Leon, Sue Reaser, and Brian and Alicia Brandes.

“We had a wonderful time and learned so much,” Clark said. “I was very impressed with the commitment the students showed to understanding very difficult concepts. We asked them to learn things like Strategic Prevention Framework and Logic Models. During wrap up most of our personal goals were met.”

Students attended seminars hosted by Nick Duclos and Yvonne Stromann from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Students were presented findings from the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey, which was administered at the school this past spring. The assessment had identified a risk factor for area students was a low level of school attachment. While at the forum, the students tried to identify what resources could be used and issues that needed to be addressed to give struggling students a stronger connection to their academics.

Clark said the students brainstormed how the issue can be improved by talking to teachers, faculty and parents about being actively involved in students’ academics.

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