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ASU and Natchez-Adams School District to host Peer Pressure and Bullying Youth Summit

“Resisting Risky Behaviors” will be the theme of the Peer Pressure and Bullying Youth Summit to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Natchez High School, 319 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive, Natchez, according to Brenda Robinson, 4-H youth development area educator and summit chair. The event is being sponsored by the Alcorn State University Extension Program and the Natchez-Adams School District. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

"Research indicates that nearly one out of every three students between the ages of 12 and 18 reported being bullied in school,” said Robinson. “To become responsible, productive and contributing individuals of society, our youth must be knowledgeable of and less engaging in risky behaviors that are detrimental to their social and educational development.”

“The purposes of the event are to educate youth about peer pressure and bullying, to inform them of the consequences of engaging in these activities,” added Robinson. “I am expecting both youth and adults to walk away from the event more knowledgeable of peer pressure and bullying activities, the consequences of engaging in risky behavior activities, how to develop healthy relationships, and how to psychologically deal with peer pressure and bullying.”

“Hopefully their behavior will change to resist risky behaviors detrimental to their educational and social growth.”

To pre-register for the summit by June 7, 2001, call the Adams County Extension Office at 601-445-8201.