Can You Hear Our Rising Voices?


The 2017 Leaders in Life Youth Conference will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Rabobank Arena/Marriott Convention Center.

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Read what one student wrote about the conference!

Leaders in Life Conference 2015
by, Gahan Ritonga
Garces Memorial High School

The Leaders in Life Youth Conference is a conference planned for youth by youth. This year’s conference was the 16th Annual event. Aproximately 1800 students from the Central Valley and Southern California Coastal region in High Schools, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools and 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in K-8 schools were in attendence.

The vision of this conference is to bring together young people from various races, economic backgrounds, and academic achievement levels. The conference provides an opportunity for students to stretch their leadership skills and it is aimed to any students who may need to be inspired and encouraged – such as those who may be struggling academically, with personal issues or home and family issues as well as student leaders.

The conference format includes nationally recognized opening and keynote speakers, interactive break-out sessions targeted to address issues faced by teens and an opportunity to focus on youth advocacy to make sure youth voices are heard in shaping our schools and communities. The conference also includes a resource fair with information booths from colleges, universities, and career planning and youth-serving organizations.

Here is a recap of this year’s event from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office: KCSOS Spotlight’s Leaders in Life

So Can You Hear Our Rising Voices?

For more information, please call Daryl Thiesen at (661) 852-5649 email dathiesen@kern.org or Jeff Coomber at (661) 636-4523 jecoomber@kern.org