HARTFORD — The Hartford Office for Youth Services joined with Capital Community College to sponsor the 4th “Youth 4 Change” Conference on Friday.
Organizers said the conference was created by youth for youth to provide skill building opportunities for middle and high school students to identify issues affecting their community, highlight the work young people are leading, and gain new skills that are immediately useful to develop strategies to create positive change in their communities.
The Youth 4 Change Conference gave participants a unique opportunity to choose from one of ten workshops designed and led by youth that address the issues of binge drinking, teen dating violence, marginalized teens taking a stand, and how to prepare for life after high school.
Enid Rey, Director of HOYS said, “The creativity exhibited by Hartford’s youth is undeniable. Youth are constantly seeing the community’s most pressing issues through a unique lens. This conference [provided] great opportunities for youth to build new tools to address social issues and expand their networks.”