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Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Kevin Wanzer
CHANCES For Indiana Youth will offer Clay County students a once in a "laugh time" experience later this month.

Kevin Wanzer will speak to students in the Clay Community Schools system Monday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 25.

He plans to focus his message on lessons learned from personal experiences with young people.

Topics will include bullying, drug prevention and leadership skills.

Wanzer will be at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Monday, Oct. 24, before coming to Northview High School Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Wanzer's visit is sponsored by CHANCES for Indiana Youth. Supporting sponsors include Clay County Substance Abuse Council, Clay City SADD, Northview SADD, Knust Excavation and Trucking and St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Wanzer has visited high schools for more than 20 years now.

The purpose of all the visits is to share with young people the importance of being true to oneself and living an authentic life.

"It's like organized chaos," Wanzer said of his convocations.

"I don't feel like I'm there giving a speech. Instead, I'm simply sharing what is in my heart and on my mind in a fun, energetic, engaging way."

Wanzer graduated from North Central High School, Indianapolis, in 1985.

He went to Butler University.

Wanzer has been invited to speak in nearly all 50 states as well as Europe, the Caribbean Islands and China.

He has addressed millions of young people in thousands of schools and hundreds of conferences.

He has also served time on the staff of the David Letterman Show and, as a teenager, addressed the United Nations.

"It is amazing to me that wherever I travel, young people are pretty much the same," Wanzer said.

"They're dealing with the same issues in different surroundings. I hope that after I leave, they know they are not alone. The laughter echoes. The smile stays. The message takes root."

"CHANCES for Indiana Youth may be housed in Vigo County, but its outreach expands throughout the entire Wabash Valley," event coordinator and CHANCES for Indiana Youth representative Kandace Brown said. "It is encouraging to see education leaders, community leaders and organizations address tough topics youth need to hear, which will aid them to make healthier and better decisions."

More information on Wanzer may be accessed at www.KevinWanzer.com.



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