Don’t worry if you missed Part I. This Saturday, January 11, you will have another chance to experience the Healthy Youth revolution that started November 2 at Bainbridge High School, when about 200 parents, educators, other professionals, and community members met to generate questions that matter to us as a community in the area of raising physically and emotionally healthy kids. Part II will begin the exploration of those questions, which have been synthesized into three main topics.
Co-organizers Cezanne Allen, the Board Chair of Raising Resilience, and Marina Cofer-Wildsmith, the Executive Director of Bainbridge Youth Services, want the community to understand that a kid’s well-being is not just about academic achievement. Understanding that reality matters on an island where we have some of the highest high school academic achievement scores in the state but we also face challenges, like bullying, limited public transportation, and a large population of commuting parents.
This second summit will be facilitated by Doug Nathan, a professional facilitator, and Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and researcher in the field of positive youth development and youth civic engagement. About the summit, Price-Mitchell said, “I believe there is genuine enthusiasm brewing . . . to dig more deeply into what matters for Island youth.”
You can catch up on what you missed at the November summit by watching Price-Mitchell’s keynote speech:
A third summit is scheduled for March 15th, 2014. The focus of that summit will be action planning. Participants will be invited to work on community-generated projects that interest them, take leadership roles, network, form partnerships, and become involved in new and collaborative ways to support youth.
Cofer-Wildsmith summarized the three-part summit process: “We see a common vision emerging after the January Summit. This vision will be one that the community has created together and therefore embraces. And, by the end of the third Summit, we expect to have a group of inspired and motivated citizens ready to implement action steps to make Bainbridge a healthier place for kids to grow and thrive.”
The second summit will be held January 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bainbridge High School Commons. Additional information and online registration can be found on the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summit website. The Bainbridge Island Youth Summit is the result of a partnership between Bainbridge Youth Services, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, Raising Resilience, and the Bainbridge Island School District. Funding has been provided by all partner organizations as well as the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Registration and participation are free thanks to donations from community organizations and individuals.
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Photos by Taya Hall.