Youth Action Convention Encourages Teens to Set Priorities, Be Their Best Selves

March 2, 2011

PORT CHESTER, NY – Once again, hundreds of teens from across Westchester will meet at Pace University in Pleasantville to participate in the Youth Action Convention, which is sponsored by FSW’s Westchester County Youth Councils, The BRIDGE Foundation, Con Edison, The Elias Foundation, New York Life and PACE University. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and focus on the theme, “Setting Your Priorities Straight. How Are You Going to Win if You’re Not Right Within?”

“This year, we want to challenge the youth of Westchester to get themselves together mentally and physically,” says Tianna Canady, Program Coordinator of the Westchester County Youth Councils. “We hope to show the teens who attend how to overcome their challenges so they can empower their peers who may be struggling with similar issues.”

One highlight of the convention will be the keynote address delivered by Terrie Williams, author, lecturer and public relations expert. In 1998, Williams founded the Terrie Williams Agency, which includes such clients at Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Janet Jackson, Russell Simmons, the NFL, the NBA, Revlon and Nickelodeon. Williams is the author of “The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today’s Fast-Paced Business World,” and “A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through Seven Living Virtues.” Another highlight of the convention will be the improvisational presentation by Big Apple Playback Theatre. This professional theatre company uses movement, music and poetry to make the ideas submitted by the audience come to life. The actors will use interactive activities to address the issues of identity, dreams and goals, prejudice and social injustice.

Other workshops will focus on “Teen Sexuality,” “Healthy Relationships,” “Self-Injury and Self-Harm,” “Health/Nutrition,” “Media Influence and Self-Image,” “Dangers of Alcohol Abuse/Underage Drinking,” and “Cyber Bullying.” For the adult chaperones and youth advisors who attend, the Westchester Children’s Association will present a talk on “Advocacy 101.”

To find out if your youth or school group can participate in the convention or to learn more about the workshops, please contact Tianna Canady at (914) 872-5224 or Terrell Wheeler at (914) 872-5225.