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Teens across the state are invited to apply as speakers for the 2011 KIDS SPEAK public forum. Sponsored by South Dakota Voices for Children, the event will feature seven students who have been selected to speak to a panel of public officials and community leaders. The forum is set for 10 a.m. CDT Friday, April 29 at the Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota Hotel.

The topic for KIDS SPEAK 2011 is: “How can policy (including implementation, education and enforcement) help South Dakota youth avoid the lasting effects of tobacco, drugs and alcohol?” (Background: Schools across South Dakota have adopted tobacco policies. This KIDS SPEAK topic invites youth to propose ways to strengthen the effectiveness of these policies and others at the community, state and/or federal level.)

Speakers will tailor a 10-minute presentation to that topic. Mileage and lodging will be paid for those students chosen to speak. Complete information is posted on the South Dakota Voices for Children Web site: www.sdvoicesforchildren.org. It is also available by e-mail at office@sdvoicesforchildren.org or by calling 605 367-9667.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 11 or returned the same date in person or by fax (typewritten applications only) to 605 335-3836. Statewide representation and topic focus will be considered in the selection of speakers. Applicants will be notified 30 days in advance of the event.

Funding for KIDS SPEAK is provided by Coordinated School Health, a collaborative partnership between the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health.

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For more information contact Betsy Rice, communications specialist, at (605) 367-9667.
KIDS SPEAK 2011 Applicants Being Sought
February 2011