Over 80 youth registered from area schools to go to Lincoln on March 8. A snow storm deterred their adventure east, but has not slowed them down in advocating for issues of importance to today’s youth.

Last month, Dr. Diane Duffin, Political Science Professor from University of Nebraska at Kearney provided an advocacy training through the Educational Service Unit 10 long-distance learning network. Schools participating in the training were from Kearney High, Horizon Middle School, Ravenna, Amherst, Shelton and Pleasanton. The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board worked with UNK student, James Smith, to develop a priority list of issues in which to advocate at the Capitol. James was hired by Community Partners as the legislative intern to book over 30 senator meetings on March 8.

Funding for this program, was secured by three members of the Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board.  Jack Anderson, Kearney High School; Griffin Mims, Horizon Middle School; and Alyssa Van Arnam, Ravenna High School submitted a Region 3 Behavioral Health Mini-Grant to support the costs of the Youth Advocacy Day.

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