Conference to promote healthy choices for youth to be held at DelVal

Apr 20, 2012

More than 250 middle and high school students and their advisors from throughout Bucks County will converge to participate in the 26th Annual Lead On! Youth Leadership Conference, Bucks County’s largest youth conference for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, May 22, 2012 at Delaware Valley College. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lead On! is presented by The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. (The Council), which runs Student Assistance Programs in most Bucks County school districts. Founded in 1975, The Council is a member of a nationwide network of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Affiliates.

This event promotes peer-to-peer involvement in alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention within their communities.

Sponsors include Delaware Valley College, Jones Apparel Group, Wegmans, Giant, Clover Promotions and Hampton Inn.

The conference will offer workshops for teens and their advisors on topics such as: substance abuse prevention, addiction, self-esteem, bullying, healthy relationships, Internet safety, problem gambling prevention, youth leadership, sexting, how to be an LGBTQ ally, and natural highs.

The keynote speaker is Mr. Keith Davis, a former professional football player with the New York Giants and now a youth motivational speaker.

 He has presented in more than 5,000 schools worldwide covering 47 states and 44 countries.  Mr. Davis uses his own personal story of academic struggle and subsequent success to demonstrate to his audience that “you don’t have to be great to get started, you just have to get started to be great” and that “readers really do become leaders.”

He encourages each student to hang out with dream makers, not dream breakers and motivates youth of all ages to reach their potential both inside and outside of the classroom. 

His program focuses on inspiring students to see their potential and live for the future, not just for the moment.  Co-speaking with Mr. Davis is William Green, a former all-time leading running back at Boston College University and a former running back with the Cleveland Browns.

Green takes pride in being a gifted speaker who has presented in hundreds of schools, businesses, and conferences across the USA and internationally.

The audience will be energized and inspired by a special appearance by the dynamic Drummers With Attitude, a diverse group of student drummers and dancers from Bristol Township middle and high schools, led by advisor, Kevin Travers.

 For more information about the Lead On! Youth Leadership Conference, please call 215-230-8218 or visit