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Contributor: Marc M. Busko, former
Youth Board co-leader and Emcee for the 2014 Teen
The 2014 Teen Symposium "YOUth, Be the Change"
will gather together 400+ ninth graders from 20 area schools and
organizations on February 4th to focus on leadership development
and community engagement. The event is sponsored by United Way
Fox Cities and YMCA of the Fox Cities with support from the
Volunteer Center of East Central WI, Youth Go and the Teen
Symposium Planning Committee.
From the moment I first walked into the Teen Symposium Conference,
I could instantly feel the energy from fellow students. There was
music blasting, videos playing and introductions between fellow
students being made. This year I will be attending my fourth Teen
Symposium Conference, and, no, I'm not still a freshman in high
school. After experiencing Teen Symposium, and becoming actively
involved with the United Way Fox Cities Youth Board, I wanted to
come back each year and help out in any way possible.
What's so incredible about Teen Symposium, and the way the entire
conference is set up, is it fosters community, respect, openness
and leadership development. As a table facilitator, I have seen
numerous students come into the conference who are shy,
apprehensive and don't believe they are "leaders". But as the day
progresses and we go through a few of the activities, hear from
some of the speakers and work with other students from different
schools, those same "shy" students are now as friendly as ever.
They participate in all of the activities and discussions. And,
after the conference is complete, these same students go back into
their respective high schools, and affect change in their classes,
sports teams, groups of friends and extracurricular
I will never forget the impact Teen Symposium made on my life and
the lives of countless other students. The conference experience
helped me develop leadership skills that I used throughout high
school, college, and now in my day-to-day work. Teen Symposium has
forever made an impact on my life, and I hope to continue to come
back year after year to work with hundreds of freshman leaders who
will make their own unique dent in the universe.
Do you want to read more about Teen Symposium? Visit
Teen Symposium page on our website or "like"
Teen Symposium Fox Valley on Facebook.