Over 80 students and 20 adults from schools in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties came together at the Gogebic Community College on October 28, 2015. The Ironwood Alternative High School worked with GLCYD and the Ironwood Carnegie Library to plan and host the event, which differed from the asset summit format.
Similar to a conference, a theme and learning opportunities filled the day, along with networking, sharing and storytelling. Lynne Wiercinski, GLCYD board member and Assistant Director of the library, applied for and received a mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs to bring in Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told as a keynote speaker and breakout session presenter. Jenifer also worked with Alternative School students the next day to learn more about finding and telling their own stories.
Students learned about communication and relationship building skills, entrepreneurship, peer-to-peer mentoring and participated in different activities to encourage inclusion and sharing. The Alternative School students solicited sponsors, invited presenters, researched activities, and received an education in event planning at the same time.
Planning is in-process for the asset survey to be completed this spring and a follow-up asset summit to be held in fall of 2016.