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15th Annual Community Youth Development Teen Summit

The 2016 Community Youth Development (CYD) Summit was held on the Texas State University campus July 5 – July 9, 2016. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, on behalf of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services awarded the contract to Mr. R. Stephen Medel, faculty member in the School of Social Work in the spring 2015. The event included 90 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 14 counties across Texas who are a part of local Youth Advisory Committee’s (YAC) and the CYD Program.  Cities across Texas included Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas (2 YAC programs), El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston (2 YAC programs), Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Waco. Mr. Medel implements the CYD Summit through a collaboration with the Texas State University Center for P-16 Initiatives under the direction of Dr. Michelle Hamilton and with assistance from Ms. Liz Castaneda and the G-force mentors.

The goal for the CYD program is to prevent juvenile delinquency by funding local programs that increase youth protective factors associated with juvenile delinquency. Specifically, to the CYD Summit, students were introduced to prosocial and leadership skills through key core competencies including communication, diversity, professionalism, project management, teamwork, and personal identity. From opening keynote presenter Mr. Michael Perkins of Manor ISD who introduced the importance of personal identity, the Summit provided powerful workshops, large sessions, low ropes initiatives, high ropes at U Camp, and a session at the Texas State University Meadows Center. Presenters facilitated workshops which introduced the core competencies in unique and creative ways. An adult track included sessions covering “Program Development and Maintenance”, “Utilizing Activities to Teach”, and an adult/chaperone “Roundtable for Discussion”. The large group sessions included Motivator/Musician SaulPaul and Dr. Elliot Gann from Today’s Future Sound who introduced the importance of personal identity and project management through music and producing beats.

The 2016 CYD Summit was highly successful as participants offered positive and meaningful informal and formal feedback before, during and after the Summit. A formal evaluation of each workshop and session will be produced by the end of August 2016. We look forward to our next 2017 CYD Summit on the Texas State University campus. Please direct any question or inquiries to R. Stephen Medel at rm33@txstate.edu or by phone at 512.245.4576.