JagPRIDE attends youth leadership conference

The club presented and met with other schools from the Johnson County area

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Senior Mary Petropoulos and sophomore Jessica Coleman present at the Youth Leadership Summit conference on Thursday, Sept. 1. "[The conference] teaches different organizations in different schools techniques they can use to make their programs better and to be better leaders," Petropoulos said.

Allison Winker, JAG editor-in-chief

Members of JagPRIDE kicked off their year by attending a Youth Leadership Summit put on by the Johnson County Mental Health Center on Thursday, Sept. 1. They met with similar organizations at other schools to get new ideas for the upcoming year and give a presentation sharing the events they held in the past.

Senior Shelby Bonn said she was excited to be a part of the conference with other people who participate in the same kind of organization.

“[The conference] was a Youth Leadership Summit, so it was a bunch of groups of kids in clubs like JagPRIDE from other schools there,” Bonn said. “We all got together to share our ideas for our clubs and get new ones as well.”

Senior Mary Petropoulos, who has attended the conference the past three years, most enjoyed getting to present some of the club’s ideas to other schools.

“We go every year just to get a learning experience, but this year we got to do a presentation of what our school has done in the last year, so I helped give the presentation,” Petropoulos said. “Half of us stayed and presented while half of us went to different stations and got to look at other presentations for different ideas, so that was really cool.”

Bonn liked seeing how other schools promoted healthy habits among their students.

“My favorite part of the conference was just seeing how other schools get involved and the different ways they encourage their student bodies to make positive decisions and good life choices,” Bonn said.

The people at the conference made a wall of sticky notes that had motivating messages on them to help lift the spirits of the others who were there.
The people at the conference made a wall of sticky notes that had motivating messages on them to help lift the spirits of the others who were there.

According to Petropoulos, JagPRIDE wants to encourage positivity in their activities and campaigns throughout the school.

“Our presentation at the conference was just about everything that JagPRIDE has done recently. We want to switch over to more positive events and campaigns, and seeing people’s reaction to our ideas was awesome,” Petropoulos said. “I really liked presenting.”

As a senior, Bonn has high hopes for the legacy she will help leave on the club.

“Since it’s my senior year, I’m looking forward to passing on JagPRIDE to underclassmen and helping lead them,” Bonn said. “I just want to have fun with everything we have planned and get as much done this year that I can.”

Petropoulos wants to continue events from last year while creating new ideas to make the club even better.

The JagPRIDE members pose for a picture after the conference.
The JagPRIDE members pose for a picture after the conference.

“We want to do a lot more of the stress-free seminar events that we did last year. We want to make sure that people are having fun and being safe and not being too stressed by school and everything going on in their lives,” Petropoulos said. “I’m looking forward to a great year.”

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