When the students and staff members awoke on this great Thursday morning we headed out to the convention center. Emilee, Austin, and I went to a Generator Schools Network focus group at the convention center that served breakfast while the rest of the students and Deb and Cate had breakfast in the exhibit hall as did most everyone else at the convention. After the focus group and breakfast we all met at a table for about half an hour and then we split and went to different workshops Cate and me attended one that was ran by a school from Illinois it was focused on youth-adult partnership. The students who led the workshop were leaders in a student council at their school . Their super intendant is all for youth leadership and when these students see problems in their school they try to fix them. During the workshop their was lots of question and answer speaking and then we did activities at let everyone realize better the significance of youth adult partnerships and why it's such a great thing.
After the workshop everyone at the convention went to a plenary. The plenary was about an hour and a half, there was a lot was multiple people who spoke before the convention one of these people happened to be the governor of Colorado. All the different speakers inspired me and I'm sure everyone else at the conference to go take action and leadership positions whenever possible. For example one speaker explained how 60% of the world is under 30, this is a big reason why young adults need to take more responsibility as leaders since we are the future of our planet. I would like to explain more about the speeches but I could go on for days.
After the plenary we went to the exhibit hall where they had taco buffet tables, Awesome!! After lunch Emilee, Danny, Cate and me went to GrowHaus, an indoor organic greenhouse with about 20 other students and a couple teachers. (Austin, Alyssa, Taylor, and Deb stayed for the other workshops that were offered that day.) Some of the group helped with planting, seeding, watering and all that good stuff, as for me and Danny wanted to do more manual labor type of a thing so we helped move all types of cinder blocks and tables and all that good stuff. This was a non profit greenhouse that distributes organic vegetables into the community, so it felt really great to be helping them with accomplishing the great things that they do. Once they told us that we did everything they wanted us to, we all headed back to the hotel and we met up with Austin Alyssa Taylor and Deb again got ready and then walked to a restaurant down the street for dinner. On the way back we explored an outdoor mall area that we all just had to go check out. Once we got back there was a celebration in the youth room that we went to for a little while, and then we all got to bed early so we could get a good night sleep.
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