Teens from across Europe due at summit on leadership
July 26, 2008
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Teens from Army and Air Force bases across Europe will attend a five-day leadership summit in hopes of finding solutions to the many challenges they face.
About 110 teens will attend the first European Keystone Leadership Summit at Ramstein Air Base from July 28 to Aug. 1. The teens attending are responsible for organizing and coordinating programs at their respective youth centers.
Alvin Coleman, the Vogelweh teen director, said the summit will give the teens a chance to discuss ways to improve programs and network.
"Getting together in one place is a wonderful opportunity to build those relationships," Coleman said.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe Services is hosting the event, which will include guest speakers from the Army and Air Force. Col. Donald Bacon, commander of the 435th Air Base Wing at Ramstein, will deliver opening remarks on the first day of the event.
Four Boys and Girls Clubs of America youth-of-the-year winners are helping organize the summit. Demetrice Tuttle, Stacey Walker, Alyse Eady and Brittny Cantero arrived in Europe in June to begin a seven-week tour mentoring youth at European bases.
The Keystone Club is one of the core programs implemented by Air Force Youth Programs, which is affiliated with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The mission of the program is to help youth develop leadership skills.
The clubs are for boys and girls ages 14 to 18.