USD hosts Youth Congress; area students participate

USD hosts Youth Congress; area students participate Nearly 30 South Dakota high school sophomores and juniors, along with four students from Arkansas, were involved in a think tank on precollege education during the second annual 1999 Youth Congress July 22-24 at The University of South Dakota.

Revolving around the theme, "Youth Perspectives on Precollege of Education," students discussed, deliberated and made recommendations on the future of precollege education in South Dakota. The students developed a vision statement describing the prekindergarten to high school education in South Dakota that will be shared with policymakers, educators, business leaders, parents and citizens in the state.

The USD Chiesman Fund for Civic Education and Kids Voting South Dakota of Aberdeen helped organize and host this event.

The South Dakota and Arkansas students are part of a peer exchange program, sponsored by the Arsalyn Foundation, which is based in California. The exchange program is designed to promote the sharing of models and best methodologies of civic and community participation through peer exchange. In addition, pen pal programs will be developed between Kids Voting participants in each of the respective states.

Later this year, South Dakota students will travel to Arkansas to participate in their first-ever Youth Congress.

Vermillion students participating in the Youth Congress included Allison Knutson and Anthony Senn.

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