Trainer Jane Biagi leads an ice breaker at the You Lead conference
Trainer Jane Biagi leads an ice breaker at the You Lead conference

150 students attend leadership events
January 26th, 2017

MPY partners with MIAA for two student leadership conferences

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth joined with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to present two youth leadership conferences for middle and high school students in Middlesex County.

“So You’re a Leader, Now What?” was held January 13 at Lasell College in Newton.  Createdfor high school students, this program focused on leadership, good decision making and the importance of being substance free.  Students from Woburn High School, Learning Prep School, Somerville High School and the Wayside Youth and Family peer leadership program participated. 

On January 20, the “YOU Lead” conference was held for middle school students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.  More than 100 students attended the conference and participated in activities focused on leadership, team building, and action planning while hearing messages on healthy relationships and substance abuse prevention.  Students from middle schools in Arlington, Bedford, Dover-Sherborn, Framingham, North Reading, Waltham and Woburn participated. 

At both programs, advisors also participated in a networking session to share information and ideas with colleagues from other schools.  MIAA consultants Jane Biagi and Thomas Hermanowski served at trainers at the event with the assistance of MPY and MIAA staff members.

“MPY and the MIAA have formed a powerful partnership to bring wellness initiatives for youth to Middlesex county schools,” said Margie Daniels, MPY Executive Director.  “The students benefit greatly from the content and collaborative style of these conferences and we hope they head back to their schools with energy and commitment to move ideas forward.”

The “You Lead and So You’re a leader, Now What?” programs were created to support, connect and develop resources for youth who have chosen a lifestyle free of alcohol, tobacco or other drug use--substance free youth. These conferences offer young people connections with others who are committed to abstaining from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The conferences provide support and teach strategies for taking action in a variety of ways including creating a new or strengthening an existing substance free youth group, raising awareness about their choice to live a substance-free life as teens and planning substance free events in their community.

MPY annually partners with MIAA to bring these conferences to schools in Middlesex County.