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Chris Branstad to recognize deserving leaders in family empowerment and youth leadership

March 25, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The annual Youth & Shelter Services Risky Business Conference is now seeking nominations to recognize deserving leaders in family empowerment and youth leadership with this year's LIFE Award and Youth Leadership Award. Iowa's First Lady Chris Branstad will present the awards and attend the conference this year.

Nominations must be presented on an official nomination form by April 2nd which can be found by visiting and clicking on events or by contacting YSS at 515-233-3141.

Nominees for the Margaret Hess L.I.F.E. Award (Leadership in Family Empowerment) may be from anywhere in Iowa. The nominee must provide outstanding service to Iowa families, demonstrate a history of child and family advocacy, display leadership, courage, and compassion for children and their families, show respect for the diversity that typifies today's family and donate volunteer time to improve services to children and families.

Nominees for the Youth Leadership Award may be any Iowa youth, 14- to-18-years-old. The nominee must demonstrate positive role modeling, communicate effectively, participate in service to their community, speak on behalf of youth, participate in youth/adult partnerships and serve in a leadership role in their school or community. This award includes a $500 monetary gift.

The awards will be presented May 1, at the 27th annual conference, which will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Scheman Center on Iowa State University Campus in Ames. The statewide conference helps youth and adults increase knowledge of community youth development and critical issues confronting youth and professionals who work with youth. Youth and adults can chose from over 50 workshops this year. This year's conference theme is "The social media revolution in youth development."

Registration for the event will be accepted until April 20 at The cost of registration includes lunch. Adults can register for $85, young adult and college students for $50 and high school youth for $35. Registering the day of the conference increases the fee. Adults would pay $125, young adult and college students would pay $70, and high school youth would pay $50. For more information about the conference, please visit and click on events.



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