I was pleased to spend last Thursday morning at the Youth Dialog Day at Meadows School in Rochester Hills. I’ve been attending these valuable and important events for about 10 years and I thought this year’s event was one of the best. The RAHCC – Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition is a great volunteer organization with a very worthy goal–giving kids and families a resource for anti-drug, anti-youth alcohol information. They work to build community capacity for helping kids grow up healthy.
Youth Dialog day is an event that puts community leaders and high school students together for a morning in a facilitated format to talk about the issues facing young people and considering how we may be able to help. We had young people from Rochester Adams, Rochester High, Stony Creek and the Avondale Academy. We had some great conversation about what makes a person a leader and how a person can be a leader in their own life by understanding their values and taking a stand to support their own beliefs and values.
It was attended by lots of community leaders in addition to me including Steve Schettenhelm the police chief in Rochester, police liaison officers from the Rochester Schools and our own Officer Jeremy Stubbs, Auburn Hills Councilwoman Anne Doyle, school counselors, Jim Crech township manager of Oakland Township, Keith Stonehouse, Auburn Hills appointed official and lots of parents and other interested adults.
If you were worried about today’s young people and whether we can be confident that they can step into the leadership roles of tomorrow, don’t. These were smart, thoughtful young people who are on the right road.
And if you are looking for a place to volunteer this is a great opportunity. The RAHCC has work for everyone–you can chaperone young people at the Upper Room, a safe teen gathering place at the Congregational Church in Rochester or you can attend their meetings and lend a hand.
What could be more important than healthy youth and families?