EUREKA — While the majority of its students are away on spring break, Eureka College will welcome high school freshmen from Woodford County to campus for its annual Teen Jamboree Conference.
The event — which is sponsored by Eureka College, ThinkFirst Program: OSF Illinois Neurological Institute. University of Illinois Extension – Woodford County, Woodford County Court Services, Woodford County Health Department and the Woodford County Sheriff Department — will take place on March 13 and includes a wide variety of presentations and workshops.
Over 390 freshmen from El Paso-Gridley, Eureka, Fieldcrest, Lowpoint-Washburn, Metamora and Roanoke-Benson have been invited to attend this year’s conference, and several EC students from the Reagan Leadership Program and other organizations will be assisting with the program as well.
It will begin with registration at 9 a.m., followed by an opening session that focuses on mental health at 9:15 a.m. This presentation, which is titled “National Alliance of Mental Illness: Ending the Silence,” will highlight the importance of being mentally healthy by bringing awareness to common psychological disorders and their prevalence among teenagers.
Participants will be taught the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior, and will learn how stress plays a role in mental health. It will also give participants information on how to seek help with mental health issues.
Students will then have an opportunity to attend two workshops. Among the topics are depression in teens, impaired driving and its impact, the impact and perils of technology integration, suicide prevention, exploring career paths, leadership, sports nutrition, college preparation, eating disorders, texting and driving, electronic cigarettes and healthy relationships.
Lunch will be provided at 12:05 p.m., and there will be a closing session at 12:30 p.m. featuring a three-screen media presentation called “Fix It,” which will focus on how to deal with the pressures of modern life.
For more information, contact conference planning committee chair Lisa Maynard at Lisa.M.Maynard@osfhealthcare.org.