Conference organized, presented by students, open to public

By Staff
Special to The Star
Feb. 12, 2001
Teens from around the state will join Wednesday and Thursday at the Holiday Inn North in Jackson for "Have a Heart," choosing to "do their part" for younger students.
The fourth annual Mississippi Youth Summit, hosted by youth for youth, celebrates the positive community service and service learning young people are doing in communities across Mississippi.
MAGS involves students in grades nine through 12 who participate in community service projects throughout the year, including those hosting the summit.
Richard Thompson, state superintendent of education, will again be part of the opening session, with Doris Bridgeman of the United Way of the Capital Area delivering opening remarks. Secretary of State Eric Clark will then present "Leading the Way" awards.
Ceremonies begin at noon Wednesday.
More than 20 workshops, such as "Starting Your Own Service Project," "Staying Tobacco-Free" and "Teen Sexuality," are on the agenda. Several other workshops are also scheduled and include a presentation by Charles "Smarty Pants" King, the South Panola Peer Leadership Puppets and Harriet Turk a nationally-known motivational speaker.
Young people interested in attending should consult with their school's guidance counselor or call Rob Benson at 601-432-6650 or Fredna Perkins at 601-459-3990.