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Our Youth Coordinators: 2023 APRI YOUTH CONFERENCE

Celebrating Youth Leadership at This Year's National Conference: A Special Thanks to Kelvin Blakes and Cari Hunter

As the curtains draw close on this year's highly anticipated national conference, it's only fitting that we take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to two remarkable individuals who played a pivotal role in making this event a resounding success. Kelvin Blakes and Cari Hunter, our dedicated youth coordinators, truly embodied the spirit of leadership and innovation, leaving an indelible mark on the minds and hearts of all who attended.

Kelvin Blakes: Bridging the Generational Gap

Kelvin Blakes, our dynamic liaison between the young attendees and the seasoned adults, demonstrated a remarkable ability to bridge the generational gap with finesse and enthusiasm. His efforts as a youth coordinator were instrumental in fostering an environment where intergenerational dialogue flowed effortlessly, allowing insights from both sides to enrich the conference experience.

One of Kelvin's standout contributions was his role as the lead facilitator for the "Conversations through Arts" class. This innovative workshop not only encouraged creative expression but also served as a platform for meaningful discussions on pertinent issues facing today's youth. Through his guidance, participants were able to explore their thoughts, fears, and aspirations, painting a vivid tapestry of the challenges and dreams that define their generation.

Cari Hunter: Championing Youth Empowerment

At the heart of any successful youth-focused event lies the commitment to safeguarding their well-being and empowering them to be their best selves. This year, Cari Hunter took on the role of youth protection coordinator, ensuring that every young attendee felt safe, valued, and heard throughout the conference. Her dedication to fostering an inclusive and secure space for our youth was truly commendable.

Cari's creative flair was on full display as she crafted the meticulously designed youth booklets and shirts for the inaugural Alexander Montford Day of Service—an event that embodies the values of community, service, and growth. Through her artistic vision, Cari added an extra layer of vibrancy to the event, encapsulating the spirit of unity and collaboration that defines our youth community.

A Bright Future Ahead

As we reflect on the accomplishments of this year's national conference, we can't help but feel a sense of excitement for the future of youth leadership and engagement. Kelvin Blakes and Cari Hunter have exemplified what it means to be true leaders, not only by contributing their innovative ideas but by fostering an environment where the youth can shine brightly and make their voices heard.

Their dedication, passion, and commitment have left an indelible impact on all of us. We extend our deepest gratitude to Kelvin and Cari for their outstanding contributions as youth coordinators. The legacy they've created will undoubtedly inspire future generations to step up, lead, and make a difference.

Here's to a future filled with empowered youth who continue to shape a world of endless possibilities. Until next year's conference, let's carry forward the lessons learned and the connections made, and continue to celebrate the remarkable power of youth leadership.

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