NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Natchitoches Parish School Board will host a Teen Summit for about 400 youth from throughout Natchitoches Parish on Friday, Oct. 25.
“Teen Summit provides a forum for discussing areas of concern as well as resources available in the schools and community,” said Steve Gruesbeck, director of service-learning at Northwestern State. “Each year, NSU graduate and undergraduate students, along with their faculty and staff, volunteer time with the Sheriff Office’s for all three stages of the event: planning, implementation, and program review. Student organizations including Helping Hands, Psychology Club, and Psi Chi, the psychology national honors society, have been intimately involved in the program’s success. Psychology undergraduate and graduate level classes have incorporated participation with Teen Summit into the curriculum. These instances have allowed our students to practice, in real-life, the sorts of things about which they learn in the classroom.”
Initiated by NPSO, Northwestern State has hosted the event since 2009.