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Leaders in Life Youth Leadership Conference scheduled for March 11

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Leaders in Life (LIL) is pleased to announce that its 21st annual conference will be held on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. through the virtual platform Canvas. The conference is planned for teens by teens and has impacted thousands of young lives over the past two decades.

The purpose of this event is to give local youth a positive environment to discuss and evaluate issues they face daily. These issues will be addressed in workshop sessions throughout the day by adult and youth facilitators with expertise in each topic of discussion. Sample topics include youth leadership, college and career information, relationships, self-esteem, stress management, and diversity issues.

Planning the Leaders in Life Conference this year has been no easy task. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in recent months, Leaders in Life has adapted and overcome a new set of challenges to provide a conference for the students of Kern County. After having to cancel last year’s event, this year’s conference has been moved to Canvas to ensure the safety and security of attendees and continue educating those onto the right path and better future.

The Leaders in Life Conference is open to all of Kern County and surrounding counties. To attend this year’s conference, participants must be registered through their school or organization. School and community organization personnel should contact Candice Sifuentes, [email protected], (661) 852-5650 for registration information.

This year, Leaders in Life welcomes A’ric Jackson as keynote speaker. A’ric has served as a student leadership speaker for many organizations including: Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupation Students Association, DECA, FCCLA, National Association of Secondary School Principals LEAD Conferences, and many Statewide Student Council Conferences across the country.

His missions are to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. A charismatic and genuinely heartfelt communicator, A’ric truly electrifies an audience.

For more information, please visit the event website at http://www.leadersinlife.org.

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Leaders in Life background:

In 1998, Morgan Clayton, a Kern County businessman and community leader, attended the Bakersfield Business Conference, an annual conference with nationally and internationally recognized speakers for adults on business and political issues that affect our world. He had the visionary idea of founding a local youth conference planned by young people to give them a voice and to provide a forum in which to discuss issues that impact teens. He contacted the Kern County Network for Children and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office to help organize students around this concept. Planning for the first Leaders in Life Youth Conference began in 1999 with about 50 students and adults. In February 2000, the first conference was held with approximately 500 students in attendance.