PICKENS COUNTY — The Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County Youth Board participated in its annual Leadership Training Retreat at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, N.C., from Aug. 14 through Aug. 16.
The retreat involved guest speakers Sam Wyche, Steve Grant and David Haskins. Members of the Youth Board also participated in educational classes about alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs, and in other classes to further their leadership skills.
This retreat is also used as a time of bonding among the members. The Youth Board consists of 20 high school students from the four high schools in Pickens County.
They were Mason Barkley, Juan Burgess, Maddy Butler, Ashley Clark, Emma Ellenburg, James Gilstrap, Elizabeth Lyda and Dillon Peterman from Pickens High School; Julia Dandeneau, Kelley Horton and Makenzye Patterson from Easley High School; Britton Blackwell, Gracie Clardy, Emma Dover and Ivy Johnson from Liberty High School; and Skylar Grant, Mac Kerswell, D’Azia Mills, Heena Patel and Dilani Rajapakse from Daniel High School.
For more information about Youth Board or how your teenager can get involved in taking a stand for substance abuse prevention, call Jessica Gibson, Youth Board coordinator, at 864-898-5800.