Mikaela Campbell and Sarah Merzak –Mustangs Ahead

clubs(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Youth in Action (YIA) group has held its first meeting of the year.  This is a student-based leadership group for freshman and sophomores.

This group is for students who want to make a change with youth issues in the modern world.  Club adviser and LRHS exceptional student education teacher Heather Kasper wants to create future leaders who will apply what they learn to other clubs, like Student Government Association (SGA).

The students will be trained by going to conferences and having meetings. These meetings will be held twice a month, on Thursdays.

Since YIA is sponsored by Drug Free Manatee, students that take a drug test will be rewarded with coupons/rewards card for different places around town.

Later this year 12 students, primarily freshman and sophomores, will have the opportunity to travel to Day Springs in Ellenton for an overnight trip. On the trip, the students will learn about leadership and participate in different training activities.

Kasper hopes that a wide variety of students will benefit from this club. “I hope for the students to develop the skills to become a leader,” she added.

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