Lindsey Gartner and Tawni Kjenner of Ponoka attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference in Canmore May 23 and 24.
The conference theme “Waves of Change; how we as leaders can make a difference your life, family and community; then share, like ripples on a pond” was the focus for the weekend.
The girls were to choose from among various project groups – your passion, mental health, racism, environmental issues, clean water, substance abuse, self-esteem, gender inequality, bullying and dependence on technology.
Gartner chose self-esteem where she examined what self-esteem is and how youth struggle with it. She developed a guide, starting with three things one loves about oneself and being genuine.
Kjenner chose racism where she discussed why racism is present in our society and why it seems acceptable. She made a video to present at a multicultural day in a Calgary High School.
Another activity was board breaking, where they wrote things on their board identifying struggles or barriers to achieving their goals.
They also discovered that some problems are so big that you can’t break through them and you may have to change direction.