August 06, 2008
SWAT youth from Osage County and Creek County gathered for the annual Youth Leadership Summit at Camp Wah-Shah-She in Bartlesville, OK for a weekend of teambuilding, learning, and planning.
SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) is a youth led organization that helps to educate other youth and the community about how the tobacco companies are targeting youth and the dangers of commercial tobacco.
22 youth attended the annual SWAT Youth Leadership Summit on August 1st through August 3rd. Motivational speakers were Wendy DeWitt, Cora Thomas, Joey Stone, and Treva Gilkey. Some of the sessions were “Getting Your Message Out With Style, Say It Loud, Say It Proud: Motivation Rocks!, SWAT – What It Is!!!, A Leader Is What A Leader Does!, Low Ropes Course, and various Team Building activities. SWAT youth expressed their excitement about the activities, one youth quoted, “Everything I’ve seen was super great! Can’t wait for next year’s summit!”
Local businesses that contributed to the SWAT Youth Summit were Palace of the Osage Grocery, Wild Country Meat Market, McFarren’s Meat Market, Marvin’s Food Saver, Noble’s Meat Market, Osage Nation Food Distribution, and E.C.S.A.P.E. Ministries.