Photo courtesy of Blackfoot Youth Coalition
Back row from left: Benji Bigler (BHS), Tony Lemos (AHS), Hayden Lee (SRHS), Matt Bigler (BHS), Benson Hall (AHS), Taylor Simms (AHS); Middle row from left: Lindsey Westergard (SHS), Tate Albright (SHS), Kylie Schoonover (SRHS); Front row from left: Brooke Lott (SHS), Sydney Robinson (SRHS), Hannah Hansen (SRHS), Lindsay Loveland (BHS), Mariana Andrade (BHS), Jill Yancey (AHS).
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifteen students with the Blackfoot/Bingham County Youth Coalition attended the Northwest Alcohol Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. earlier this month.
The studentsâ€”from Blackfoot, Snake River, Shelley and Aberdeen high schoolsâ€”were among 70 youth from throughout the country who gathered at the conference to discuss alcohol issues and ways to combat issues facing youth.
Youth Coalition Chairman Mark Cowley said the conference focused on the use of positive messaging to promote change rather than using anti-message campaigns.
"This is a broad look at change which can be applied to combat issues youth face such as alcohol, drugs, driving, violence and many other factors in youth life," Cowley said.
The Bingham County youth developed a presentation, and plan to present the completed presentation to city councils, Bingham County commissioners and school officials within the next few months.
Also at the conference, the students worked with other youth doing various community service projects including distributing food to the needy, helping senior citizens and providing first aid and CPR training to the community.
"It's a great way to get out and meet new people," Cowley said.
The Blackfoot/Bingham County Youth Coalition was able to attend the conference with the support of the cities of Blackfoot, Shelley and Aberdeen, Bingham County and the Idaho Transportation Department. They also conduct various fundraisers throughout the year.
The 2012 Northwest Alcohol Conference will be in Boise, and Cowley said that will give more Idaho youth the opportunity to attend.