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Youth and Families Summit set for mid-November in Raleigh

November 10, 2008

Media Contact: Dr. Marshall Stewart, head, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, N.C. State University, marshall_stewart@ncsu.edu or 919.515.8466

A unique conference focusing on the situation of North Carolina's youth and families is set for Nov. 19 and 20 in downtown Raleigh.

North Carolina State University's 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences Department will host the second "North Carolina Summit on Youth and Families" at the Sheraton Raleigh, 421 South Salisbury Street.

"This conference, the only one of its kind in our state, is targeted to professionals and volunteers from business and industry, government agencies and community based non-profit organizations," says Dr. Marshall Stewart, 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences Department head in N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "The summit's goal is to examine critically the current status and future direction of our state's youth and families."

This year's theme is "Creating the Future of North Carolina's Youth and Families: Advocacy, Leadership and Collaboration for Positive Change."

Stewart said the summit will focus on three critical contemporary issues facing our state's youth and families: strengthening economic opportunities, striving for educational excellence and improving health and well-being. The summit also focuses on creating the future of our state's youth and families through leadership, advocacy and collaborations.

Featured speakers are Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, director, Center for Demographic Policy at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Eric Finkelstein, health economist and obesity expert in the Research Triangle Institute's International Public Health Economics Program. Hodgkinson is one of the nation's leading demographers, while Finkelstein is co-author of The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes Us Fat, if it Matters, and What to Do about It.

For summit information and to register: www.ncsummit.org

For information on Finkelstein: http://www.rti.org/experts.cfm?objectid=87E07D82-4D25-4031-AAC3592EBFBBABD0

For 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Department information: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/4hfcs/

Written by:
Art Latham, art_latham@ncsu.edu or 919.513.3117

Posted by Dave at November 10, 2008 02:06 PM