Kent County youth encouraged to stay ‘above the influence’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Teens from across West Michigan met Friday at the 5th Annual Kent County Youth Summit at DeVos Place

The event was organized by the Kent County Youth Coalition, but this isn't just a day off school. The Summit is designed to equip middle and high school students, from grades 6-12, with the skills to critically think about their personal choices and how it can affect their futures.

The theme of this year's summit was "Be the Hero," with the message for youth to be a hero in their own right and to set examples that are above the influence.

Workshops and activities were offered to the youth of West Michigan to promote health and wellness trends and address underage substance abuse issues.

The Grand Rapids mayor's office proclaimed that the event will be held on the first Friday of May annually.

For more information on how you can get involved in next year's summit,  contact Michele Stitt at or call (616) 855-5298.


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  • Kevin Rahe

    Looking at what has happened in Charlotte, NC and a school district in Illinois, we should hope our children stay above the influence of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!