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Conference brings classes to youths

Conference brings workshops, entertainment to youths

Jun 15, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Organizations from the Wind River Indian Reservation say they had a successful event for young people again this year during the Wind River Youth Conference at Central Wyoming College.

Teens and young adults ages 11-24 signed up to participate in the three-day conference June 6 to June 8 that offered workshops on leadership, developing healthy lifestyles, drug, alcohol and suicide prevention, and team building.

The conference also featured guest speakers Chance Rush, Marcus Anthony Guinn aka "Emcee One," Marcus Red Thunder, LeAndra Bitsie, Tahnee Robinson and Glenda Mitchell among others.

More than 50 students from Fremont County schools participated.

Lander Valley High School student Kelly Jenkins, 16, said she took advantage of two of the three leadership workshops. She is a member of the Indian Club at LVHS and said she enjoyed hearing from Bitsie about what it takes to be a proud American Indian.

Red Thunder focused on living a health lifestyle and "balancing all the factors in life," Jenkins said.

She also said she participated in team building sessions.

"They were pretty challenging, but they were fun," Jenkins said. "They required a lot of teamwork."

Organizer Reinette Tendore said registration increased this year compared to last year when the conference was held at St. Stephen's Mission.

Youths also enjoyed a special show from members of the sketch comedy group The 1491s. Other events included fitness sessions and soccer, volleyball, frisbee, dance and archery activities. The conference also welcomed tribal leaders, recognized invited guests and ended with games.

Tendore said organizers hope to expand the event next year with different activities, topics, events and speakers.

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