Memphis teenagers participate in youth leadership summit

Memphis teenagers participate in youth leadership summit

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis teenagers participated in a leadership summit on their Saturday.

"I'm just getting some information on how to better myself and avoid certain situations," said Westwood High Student Kelvin Johnson.

"I just left an introduction to manhood seminar," said Westwood High School student Kaelon Che. "I've learned about STDs, how to avoid all of them."

Johnson and Che were among dozens of students learning about life during a teen summit sponsored by the YMCA.

"We've heard a lot of negative things going on, but there are tons of kids doing really positive things in the community," said Kimberly Morgan-West of the YMCA of Memphis. "So, we want to highlight the positivity of our teens and help encourage them to be better."

There were sessions on professional and personal development, as well as leadership skills.

Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams joined others on a panel of Memphis leaders.

Students from Central, Hillcrest, Whitehaven, and host school Westwood High School were among those who participated.

"Today, I'm getting a plethora of information that helps me as a young man, as a leader in my community, and as a young individual, through the different organizations that are here," said Hillcrest High School student Nicholas Whiteside.

The YMCA hopes to make the teen summit an annual event.

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