District 73 draws a thousand students for leadership event

By Tanya Cronin
October 26, 2016 - 4:52pm Updated: October 26, 2016 - 5:42pm

KAMLOOPS — 1,000 students from across the Kamloops-Thompson School District occupied the Tournament Capital Centre today for a special youth rally event.

The district 73 leadership event brought high school students together from as far away as Chase, and up the North Thompson in Barriere and Clearwater. Teens were given access to a number of leadership workshops as well as key note speeches, all aimed at creating a positive school culture.

"A lot of students may not know of all the things they can do, so it's informing them about all the different opportunities that are available for them and inspiring them with stories from other schools and stories from key note speakers," says Jaris Darwin, Grade 12 Norkam student.

The conference got teens energized about developing leadership skills and building self-confidence. What they learn at this conference they can pass on to their peers, and eventually their communities, to make a positive and lasting impact.  

"We're having youth who have inspired different events or activities in their schools come and talk, and I think that's inspiring because it's not an adult who's gone to university nad had all this experience saying you can do it. It's someone who's in your age group in your level, and saying there is a possibility to inspire your peers and make a difference not only in your school, but in your community." says Sara Kate Smith, Grade 12 Norkam student.

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