April 23, 2009

Optimist Club leads Youth Summit

I was a little apprehensive about posting this link. Optimist Clubs help bring out the best in children by recognizing the good things that they do and by helping them to do more. I wasn't sure that I wanted "Optimist Clubs" and "youth violence" recognized together.

However, recognizing that a problem exists in your community and then developing solutions to respond to the problem is a true sign of leadership. The Optimist Club of Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica is doing just that. Responding to increased violence among teens, including murder, they have invited the community to participate in a Youth Summit that will engage youth and adults in all walks of life.

The event will also bring greater awareness to violence and the effect it has on their community. The Summit will also motivate others to be part of the solution. If we think about it, isn't that the true reason Optimist Clubs got their start so many years ago? While we have progressed from the motto "Friend of the Delinquent Boy" to "Friend of Youth" it is still our responsibility to be involved whenever and wherever we can make a difference.

High Five to the Optimist Club of Roseau for showing leadership.
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