Youth Town Hall helps engage high school students

YUMA, Ariz. – The annual Yuma Youth Town Hall kicked off on Friday with participating high school students at Arizona Western College.

“I learned how others engage in our communities here in Yuma and since I’m from San Luis I can bring that back to my community and engage there as well,” said San Luis High School Student, Lizbeth Rojas.

Rojas and 300 other high school students joined together, learning the fundamentals of engaging in the community.

“We have exhibitors here. So we also encourage them to engage with the exhibitors and find out ways that they can connect with their career paths,” organizer Shelley Melon said.

Among some of the activities, one student says she was able to learn what it’s like to be a leader.

“I’m part of the Yuma Youth Town Hall Leadership. We basically learn about the true essence and meaning of what it is like to be a leader. We get to go around to all these places around the city,” said high school student Lynette Valencia.

13 On Your Side asked another student what he learned in this youth town hall.

“Well I feel like the real purpose of the icebreakers is to break the stratification among our schools and just come together as the Yuma Youth Town Halls and come together as one youth,” said high school student Brandon Mojardin.

A lesson Cibola High School student Kaley Zepeda says she also learned coming from a group that had very differing opinions.

“I learned how everyone interacts with each other and we all have different opinions. But we all engage in different things in our community and we all find different methods to do it,” said Zepeda.

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Denelle Confair graduated with her Bachelors from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast and Mass Communication. She got her first on air reporter job for the NBC affiliate in Montana. After her time there she reported for the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In Texas she covered multiple stories on the Gulf Cartel and immigration. Now she says she's glad to be back in her home state of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys hiking and writing. For story ideas you can email her at or find her on Facebook.

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