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National speaker to offer tips on connecting with today's youth

When nationally recognized youth speaker and author Craig Hillier comes to Sebeka and Wadena on Monday, Jan. 24, he will be addressing adults rather than youths.

"For the first time in 20 years, I will be talking to adults about today's youths, which will be a unique situation for me," said Hillier, who resides in Lakeville, Minn. "Laure Laughlin at Wadena County Public Health approached me about designing a program specifically for adults who work with youth. I'm looking forward to talking to this group about how today's youth are different than previous generations, and how we can bridge the gap."

Hillier said his program will be a fun and engaging workshop that focuses on how we, as adults, connect with youths in grades 6 to 12.

The program is free of charge and designed for school staff, coaches, social workers, human services staff, scout leaders, youth group leaders, or any adults who work with youth or are concerned about youth. No registration is required. CEUs are available.

Hillier will offer his program at two locations: Sebeka Public School gym at 9 a.m. or Wadena Memorial Auditorium at 1 p.m.

This will be Hillier's third trip to Wadena. The fall 2009 and spring 2010, Hillier has given upbeat and motivational presentations to WDC High School students on resilience, respect and responsibility.

Since 1990, Hillier has spoken to more than 2 million students. A graduate of Mankato (Minn.) State University, he's written two books, "How to Step Up as a Teen Leader" and "Playing Beyond the Scoreboard."

His program is sponsored by Freshwater Education District, CHAMP Coalition of Wadena County, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services -- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

For more information, call Laure Laughlin at Wadena County Public Health at (218) 631-7629.