Kent County Kids Living Out Loud

One in 10 Kent County youth indicated they had five or more drinks in one sitting in the past 30 days. For this reason, the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) exists. And, they are holding a Live Out Loud Youth Summit to encourage and motivate kids to live above the influence.
This year’s summit is created in partnership with the national Above the Influence movement. In 2011, the KCPC mobilized thousands of community youth via many activities and celebrated the choices local youth make daily to live above the negative influences that surround them. The KCPC creates spaces for even the most vulnerable to use their voice to make a difference. Knowing there is still much to be done to reduce underage substance use in our community, the summit acts as one of these spaces. 
The summit takes place on April 27 and 28 at DeVos Place, and will include a meet and greet with elected officials, a fashion show, talent showcase, youth resource fair, kidspeak, a pajama jam, a VIP lounge and life changing workshops.
“Our goal is to engage and empower youth to be the change our community needs to reduce and prevent underage substance use,” explains KCPC co-director Shannon Cohen.
The summit will also include presentations on discovering your gifts and talents, making dreams a reality, getting smart about matters of the heart, personal branding and style, as well as what life in the real world looks like.
Be a do-gooder and spread the word about this great organization and its upcoming event to make a community stronger. Here’s how:
• LIKE the organization on Facebook
• Learn more about the event and download the registration form 
• Learn more about the organization 
Source: Shannon Cohen, Kent County Prevention Coalition
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor
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