Latham invites Iowa students to youth leadership summit

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES — Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is inviting high school students from Iowa’s third Congressional District to attend his annual youth leadership summit Oct. 7.

The summit, which will be held in the House Chamber of the State Capitol Building in Des Moines, is a daylong nonpartisan networking and leadership training event.

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for Iowa student leaders to learn about the importance of leadership and being a good citizen,” Latham said. “They’ll be able to make connections with their peers from across the southwestern one-fourth of the state and take part in activities designed to help them become the next generation of leaders in our state and our country. I’m proud to host this event and excited that it will be taking place in the historic Iowa Capitol Building.”

As in previous years, Mickye Johnson and his team of students from the University of Northern Iowa will be on hand to work directly with each participant to help develop the leadership skill sets that assist students as they determine, develop and achieve their personal goals in high school and beyond.

Johnson is the director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Classic Upward Bound Program and is regarded around Iowa and the nation for his work with countless students helping them develop skills that help them during their high school years and preparing them for college.

The free one-day summit is open to all high school students who live in Iowa’s third Congressional District, and preregistration is required.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 7th. Students, parents, teachers or guardians should contact Michele Mustain in Congressman Latham’s Des Moines Constituent Services Office for more information or to register via email at: or by telephone at: 515-282-1909.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, and the summit will be open to the first 175 students who register.

The Youth Leadership Summit was started by Latham in 2007 with a goal of empowering Iowa’s youths to interact with their government, but also to help mentor the next generation of Iowa’s leaders as they look to, and prepare for, their futures. It has evolved into a yearly event.

The third Congressional is comprised of the 16 counties in the southwest corner of the state that include: Adair, Adams, Cass, Dallas, Fremont, Guthrie, Madison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor, Union and Warren.

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