Annual Youth Leadership Conference

This year the 4th Annual Youth Leadership Conference will be hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast in partnership with United For a Good Cause. At the event they will be teaming up with Jill Breslawski, Family and Consumer Science Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension, to help teens prepare for life after High School by engaging in Living On My Own.

Living On My Own is a hands-on, real life simulation. This is a unique experience for teens, in which they are assigned careers and family situations (married with 2 children, for example) and then visit 12 simulation stations to make decisions on housing options, child-care, and even whether to purchase cable TV.

Students do the math and calculate their living expenses vs. their income. Some of them have a real eye-opening experience and find that they may need to get a second job, or live without the fancy sports car; don’t forget about those “Life Happens” events – they have to figure those out too! Teens are also encouraged to give back by volunteering or donating to a charity. The goal is for students to learn financial and life skills, and that decisions that you make, even as a teen, have an impact on your future and potential financial independence.

In addition to Living On My Own, guest speakers will be presenting throughout the day on leadership and empowerment as well as entrepreneurship. Lots of giveaways and lunch are also included.

The Youth Leadership Conference is open to all area students grades 7-12 with a cost of $10 to register. The event takes place on April 22, 9am-3pm at the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Youth Center, 923 Denton Blvd. NW, Fort Walton Beach. Parents can register students at

Also happening at the UF/IFAS Extension The Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association Lecture Series Nature’s Bounty on a Woodland Trail, By Bob Bayer, Okaloosa County Master Gardener Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:00-11:00 am Okaloosa Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, FL

For more information call the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension office at 850-689-5850.

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