By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Rise Up Reno Youth Empowerment Summit for 5th through 8th graders will look different this year.
"This year, we're going to do a virtual summit," said Carla Smith with Rise Up Reno. "It will still be empowering and it will still be a lot of fun. It's going to be shorter online. We need to get everybody signed up so we can send out all the supplies and things and get them to people ahead of time."
The event will be Monday, Martin Luther King Day from 11 a.m. to noon.
"This will be a different group than we usually spend time with," Smith said. "This is the kids who aren't quite to that leadership group age yet. The 5th and 6th graders have not had a chance to participate before. This is a brand new thing for them, then the 7th and 8th graders are just learning leadership skills."
Dustin Galyon will deliver a keynote to inspire leadership, encourage decision making skills, and entertain the group with his charismatic energy.
"It will just be like one breakout session instead of a whole day together," Smith said. "Fortunately, we're going to have a really good breakout session. I wish that we could spend all day with them, but since its just an hour, we wanted to make sure it was really great."
Smith said if you haven't signed your child up yet, be sure to do so as soon as possible so students and parents can both get the Zoom link for Galyon's presentation Monday.