The Douglas Education Service District Education Services Department is kicking off a new leadership opportunity for area youth ages 14-21.

Called the Youth Design Institute, the project allows youth to “express their voices and create positive changes within our community. Youth will decide what’s important and mentors will provide skill-building and relational support.”

According to the press release, the first step in starting the project is creating a Youth Advisory Crew. The department will begin by holding a virtual planning session at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 for adults interested in becoming allies or mentors, and an information session for interested youth at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23. Registration is available at bit.ly/3AExdGx. Access information will be provided upon registration.

Participating youth will have the opportunity to earn up to $50 during the Oct. 23 session and continued participation could earn up to $200 for participating in the Youth Design Institute via a series of in-person or virtual planning sessions through the fall and winter.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of RHS, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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