180 local middle school student-leaders unite to prevent substance abuse


Youth Resources’ Middle School TEENPOWER Conference empowers youth to take on positive leadership roles with the goal of safe and drug-free schools and communities. Over 180 TEENPOWER participants attend leadership trainings, keynote sessions, and workshops addressing drug/alcohol/tobacco use, body image, bullying, friendships and relationships, healthy lifestyle choices, leadership, and other youth development topics. TEENPOWER is sponsored by Vectren (title sponsor), Old National Bank, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel C. Headlee Giving Fund, Robert “Scooter” Tiemann TEENPOWER Scholarship Fund & Scooter Scramble, City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Health System, First Federal Savings Bank, Golf Gives Back, and many individual supporters.


Monday, June 22 from 1:30-2:15pm and 2:30-3:15pm in Carter Hall: Lisa Seif, MSW will present a workshop on addiction and how it affects members of the family.

Monday, June 22 from 1:30-2:15pm and 2:30-3:15pm in Carter Hall D: TEENPOWER alumna and counselor at Union County High School Ellie Wright will present a workshop on internet safety.

Tuesday, June 23 from 9-10:15am in Carter Hall: Keith Hawkins is recognized as one of the world’s top motivational speakers and leadership consultants. Keith speaks with conviction, purpose, and passion. Keith inspires his audience to be a better people, to be the change they so desire, and to learn, grow, and thrive in life. Keith specializes in the areas of leadership, team building, diversity, enhancing school and work climate, bullying and abuse prevention and much more. Keith is a TEENPOWER favorite and will be presenting a keynote and two workshops.

Tuesday, June 23 from 12:45-1:30pm and 1:45-2:30pm in Carter Hall D: Keith Hawkins will lead active, discussion-based workshops on leadership.

Tuesday, June 23 from 12:30-1:30pm and 1:45-2:45pm in Carter Hall: The ACT Out Ensemble, made of professional actors, is a social issue theatre troupe that performs original work based on social, health, and educational issues. Social issue theatre engages, educates and entertains. It makes tough issues comprehensible while establishing a link between art and conversation. Through the magic of live theatre, audiences are allowed to imagine, empathize, and participate. ACT Out’s workshops are sponsored by Centurion Federal Credit Union and Evansville Federal Credit Union.

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Since 1987, Youth Resources has worked with over 148,028 youth. Through Make A Difference Grants, Vanderburgh County Teen Court, the Teen Advisory Council, and TEENPOWER, youth from across the tri-state are encouraged to serve the community, build and use their leadership skills, and make healthy lifestyle choices. Youth Resources exists to inspire and develop our community of youth to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and civic engagement.