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Middle School Students Learn to ‘Be the Change’

Students in grades 6-8 were invited to attend the 2017 Be the Change Summit: Choosing your Journey in Life on Saturday, March 25, at Chief Kanim Middle School. Approximately 80 students from Snoqualmie Valley and Riverview school districts attended this free event.
 2017 Be the Change Summit
 Middle school students at the 2017 Be the Change Summit: Choosing Your Life Journey
Guest speaker Luis Ortega, who works with schools across the nation in leadership development, facilitated the event with help from high school student leaders. Topics covered during the day included: Tame Your Stress, Healthy Relationships, Happiness Starts with Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Suicide Prevention.

For the past ten years, this annual event has been well-received by middle school teens as an opportunity to meet new friends, play games and discover their personal leadership, while enjoying free food and t-shirts. High school students who helped lead activities also earned community service hours.

The “Be the Change” summit was organized and sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, which promotes and inspires youth in grades 4-12 to lead safe, healthy, and successful lives. Other event partners included: Sound Mental Health, Friends of Youth, Snoqualmie Valley School District, Riverview School District, and Evergreen Health.
The winning design  

For the 10th annual Be the Change Summit print materials, the Snoqualmie Valley

Community Network held design contest. Contestants were asked to draw a design
to signify life's journey; and teens judged the submissions. Ultimately, Madison Benson
created the winning design featured on flyers and t-shirts.
 Be the Change activity
 During a workshop activity aimed at challenging stereotypes, middle school girls
spread the power of positivity.
 High school students help teach leadership strategies
 Mount Si High School students Makenzie Davis, Mallory Golic, Kat Kangas and Lilly Strong
taught stress management and mindfulness strategies at the summit.