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Herkimer County Youth Summit at Herkimer
BOCES drives road to Mohawk Valley’s future

Oct. 27, 2016




Shown above, a video slideshow from the 2016 Herkimer County Youth Summit.



HERKIMER – Students embraced the “Moving the Mohawk Valley Forward” theme for this year’s Herkimer County Youth Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.

Following the summit, Poland senior Anthony Goff said he agreed with the theme and the need for a brighter outlook about the region. He said people from outside the area are often more positive about what it has to offer than our own residents.

“People that are here don’t acknowledge that,” Goff said, as others mentioned the saying that the grass is always greener on the other side. “You’ve just got to make your own grass greener.”

The 21st annual Herkimer County Youth Summit welcomed students from 13 schools: Central Valley Academy, Dolgeville, Herkimer, Frankfort-Schuyler, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs, Town of Webb Union Free School District, West Canada Valley, the Herkimer BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington and the Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School.

During the five-and-a-half-hour Youth Summit, students come together to address issues at their home schools and help inform local leaders on what teenagers are concerned about. A report is produced from each year’s summit and shared with various planning groups and with local educators.

Chip Bassett, planner for the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program, serves as a host and facilitator for the event. This year’s student master facilitator was Central Valley Academy student Justin Jones, who also served in the same role last year.

Little Falls Superintendent Keith Levatino gave this year’s welcome address. He talked about the event’s theme and the idea of a road leading to the Mohawk Valley that is sometimes bumpy or closed, but at other times is smooth or open. He encouraged students to never give up on the Mohawk Valley.

“The road to the Mohawk Valley awaits all of us,” he said.

Levatino also said he was very impressed with students he meant with during the planning of the Youth Summit.

“The Mohawk Valley has a bright future with all of you student leaders leading it,” he said.

Gordon Garrett and Gary Ford of The Genesis Group then gave a presentation called “Moving the Mohawk Valley Forward.”

“The Mohawk Valley is becoming a vibrant place again and one of the great places you could live,” Garrett said to students. “Our message to you is come home to the Mohawk Valley because we’re going to have unprecedented opportunities in the next five years to use your talents.”

Ford opened up his comments by talking about flocks of geese migrating, and he said when the geese are honking, they’re essentially saying, “Go!” to encourage the other geese to keep moving. Ford then got the students to flap their arms like wings and honk.

“Synergy. Bring the energy together,” he said. “Make the Mohawk Valley, our home, the best home for all of us who are in it.”

Ford encouraged students to not let “good enough” get in the way of “great” and to look for what they can do to step up, help the area and focus on the positives.

“It’s a great thing if you can bloom where you’re planted, and we hope you can do it here,” he said.

Poland senior Dakota Mower said he appreciated the plan of promoting people returning to the Mohawk Valley instead of having youth moving out.

“I think that is a great idea,” he said. “I feel like we’re coming back now.”

Mower also said the Youth Summit in general was a great way to open up conversations among schools. It was interesting to hear what students from other schools are experiencing and compare the differences and similarities to his school.

Students started the day sitting at tables with students from other schools and spent a large portion of the event working in those groups on icebreakers, discussion questions, reporting out and other activities.

There also were three student presentations:
  • Herkimer students Joseph Carney and Brandan Parks presented “STEAM Education.”
     
  • Central Valley students Justin Jones and Derek Lawrence presented “Local Success Stories.”
     
  • Dolgeville students Shania Barnes and Katelyn Robotham presented “The Last Lecture.”
Later, students from each school were grouped back together to choose and define an issue at their school, brainstorm root causes of the issue, select the chief root cause or causes, develop a problem statement, brainstorm strategies, determine the best strategies, develop action plans and complete their reporting forms.

The school groups all presented on issues they identified in their schools such as bullying, discrimination and a lack of student involvement. The groups all leave with an action plan to implement activities at their home schools.

At the end of the event, Bassett gave some closing comments and thanked the students for their participation.

“I really encourage you to go back to your schools and get on your school activity planning,” he said.



The Genesis Group gives a presentation during the Youth Summit
In front of the room, Gordon Garrett (middle) and Gary Ford (right), of The Genesis Group, give a presentation called “Moving the Mohawk Valley Forward” during the Herkimer County Youth Summit on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. In the front of the room on the left is Chip Bassett, planner for the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program, who serves as a host and facilitator for the event.


Poland students work as a group at the Youth Summit
Poland Central School District students work in a group during the Herkimer County Youth Summit on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. Pictured from left to right: senior Ally Neal, senior Anthony Goff, sophomore Taylor Goodney and senior Dakota Mower


Central Valley student Justin Jones serves as the Youth Summit master facilitator
Central Valley Academy student Justin Jones goes over the agenda for the the Herkimer County Youth Summit on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. Jones was the master facilitator for the summit for the second year in a row.


Little Falls Superintendent Keith Levatino at the Youth Summit
Little Falls Superintendent Keith Levatino gives the welcome address during the Herkimer County Youth Summit on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.





 
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