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Class XXIV "Oregon Youth in Action" Celebration Event!
ALF Class 24 completed their Leadership in Action initiative (aka class project) on May 4, 2011 with an action-packed celebration event held for the winners of their Oregon Youth in Action challenge at the state capitol.
Student groups from around the state – Gold Beach, Redmond, Corvallis, Portland, and Salem – convened at the state capitol with their chaperones to participate in a day of up-close and personal Oregon democracy in action. Greeted by ALF classmates and state capitol “veterans” Kevin Campbell (of the Victory Group) and Ann Hanus (of the Association of Oregon Counties), the students were briefed on committee hearing protocol before they themselves were ushered into the House Committee on Human Services hearing room to provide their own testimony to the committee about their winning childhood obesity prevention projects. Two schools within the Oregon Youth Authority system – Hillcrest Correctional Facility for boys, and Oak Creek Correctional Facility for girls – testified for the committee via speakerphone about their winning projects as well.
Afterwards, students were invited to sit in the third floor galleries and were recognized in live sessions of both the Senate and House chambers.
Then it was off to the governor’s ceremonial room for presentations of the checks to each student group and photos with Governor Kitzhaber.
Class 24 member and Monmouth mayor John Oberst provide the concluding remarks to a truly remarkable day, one that will surely be remembered for a very long time for the nearly 80 students who participated. Congratulations to Class 24 for a truly spectacular capstone event to their Forum held earlier this year.
Congratulations -- the school and community organization's listed below submitted project ideas that were chosen to receive award grants through the Oregon Youth in Action Contest. The Contest was designed to engage and empower Oregon youth to develop programs that would promote healthy bodies and healthy communities.
The Oregon Youth in Action "Improving the Health of Oregon in Partnership with Youth" Contest Winners are:
The Oregon Youth in Action Contest Committee received many wonderful submissions. We offer our sincere thanks to all of the organizations and youth participants!
Over 230 ALF Fellows, senior fellows, youth groups, students, state legislators and a variety of other interested community members attended Class XXIV’s Oregon Youth in Action: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities forum on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Attendees were treated to a variety of speakers on the issue of childhood obesity in Oregon, led by a keynote address by Oregon’s newly sworn-in governor and former emergency room doctor, John Kitzhaber. Presentations by experts in the field of childhood obesity were followed by youth presenters who were working on related issues in their own schools and communities, providing a wide range of perspectives and possible approaches to the issue. About a dozen organizations also brought booth displays themed around the Four Pillars of the Let’s Move initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama, including Healthy Family Choices, Creating Healthy Schools, Access to Healthy Foods, and Promoting Physical Activity. The forum culminated in a challenge to Oregon youth to create their own initiative on addressing the issue of childhood obesity in their schools or communities. Contest materials were distributed at the event and are also available on the class project’s website www.oregonyouth.org. Deadline for submission is March 18, 2011, and winners will be celebrated at the state capitol on May 4, 2011 and given cash awards for implementation of their projects.