WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Youth Council Community Outreach Dedication Education Success program recently held the annual leadership conference at Trackside Teen Center.
The group held the event on Nov. 23 courtesy co-sponsors Westport’s TAG club The event was made possible by a grant from the Rotary Club of Wilton. Nearly 40 students gathered for a day aimed at "promoting youth leadership development as a positive force to combat negative influences on the lives of young people," a press release said.
The conference featured Question Persuade Refer suicide-prevention training through Jacquie Gaito and Mary Frank. The curriculum was developed by the QPR Institute whose mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.
The day also included inspirational speaker Jordan Burnham, who told his story of struggling with depression and having to go through high school hiding his inner turmoil.
The students also enjoyed participating in youth-led leadership development games and activities. The C.O.D.E.S. Leadership Conference, led by adviser Rachael Sandler, is part of the Youth to Youth International movement.
To learn more about the program, contact Rachael Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org.