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Youth Summit at Herkimer BOCES encourages students to 'take action'
Nov. 5, 2014

Students from the 2014 Youth Summit
Many of the students who participated in the 2014-15 Herkimer County Youth Summit at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES on Thursday, Oct. 30, pose for a photo in the BOCES lobby while wearing their Youth Summit shirts. Students worked together throughout the day to come up with ideas about how to address serious issues in their schools. Students will then take their ideas back to their districts, and a report from the event will be provided to local planning and education officials. For a photo galley from the event, scroll to the bottom of this page.

HERKIMER – Students from across the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES region worked together on Thursday, Oct. 30, to develop ways to combat issues in their schools such as cyber bullying, underage drinking, teen pregnancy and lack of motivation.

Poland student Lesley Christophory served as the master facilitator for the 19th annual Herkimer County Youth Summit hosted by Herkimer BOCES. After the students spent close to six hours collaborating on ideas, Christophory reminded them that the important thing is to follow up by putting in the effort back at their schools.

“The ideas we came up with today cannot work unless we work for them,” she said.

Herkimer BOCES hosts the Herkimer County Youth Summit each year – with District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua serving as co-chair along with Chip Bassett, planner for the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program.

Students from Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, the Herkimer BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington, Poland, Webb and West Canada Valley participated in the event.

During the introductions, Bassett encouraged students to keep their minds open when thinking of solutions to issues.

“All ideas are valid,” he said. “In fact, we want those crazy ideas.”

Bassett let students know that there would be some serious discussions, but that they should also have fun.
“If you have a good time and enjoy your group, you’ll be more productive,” he said.

Some students from a few of the schools put on presentations during the event about school issues that they prepared beforehand:
  • Poland students presented on understanding and accepting each other.
  • West Canada Valley students presented on distracted drivers.
  • Central Valley Academy students presented on education motivation.
  • Dolgeville students presented on safe sex.
For part of the summit, students broke into groups with others from their school districts to pick issues and develop action plans. Each school team identified root causes of the issue, came up with a statement of need and created strategies to combat the issue in school. Then the groups presented everything to the whole group.

The issues focused on by each school district were:
  • Central Valley: getting to know each other.
  • Dolgeville: discrimination.
  • Frankfort-Schuyler: motivation.
  • Herkimer: education motivation.
  • Little Falls: teen pregnancy.
  • Mount Markham: lack of involvement.
  • Owen D. Young: education motivation.
  • Pathways Academy: stronger student-teacher relationships.
  • Poland: understanding and accepting.
  • Webb: underage drinking.
  • West Canada Valley: cyber bullying.
Later, students broke up into groups again – this time by the issue they wanted to focus on – and again presented to the whole group.

For example, a group that focused on lack of community involvement by students came up with strategies such as to make it fun, recruit others, get help from adults with the organization aspect of it, raise awareness and obtain sponsors. They also identified barriers such as being shy and that community service can be time consuming and cause conflicts with other activities such as sports.

With all of the student opinions and ideas, the expectation is that not only will the plans from the Youth Summit be put into practice back at the school districts, but that the results will help local planning and school officials know what the youth of the community are thinking, Bassett said. Reports from the groups will be combined into a report by Bassett.

“This report is shared with community leaders,” he said.

Bassett shares the Youth Summit report with planning groups in the region, and Vivacqua provides it to local education administrators.

Bassett also plans to meet with Youth Summit leaders again in February and May to follow up and see how the efforts in the schools are going.

“People need to stand up and take action,” he said.

Herkimer County Youth Summit Master Facilitator Lesley Christophory
Herkimer County Youth Summit Master Facilitator Lesley Christophory, a Poland student, speaks to students from schools across the Herkimer BOCES region during the 2014-15 Youth Summit on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.

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