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Cheltenham Students Make Their Mark in Harrisburg at Youth Summit

students in front of the captiol(May 3, 2024) Cheltenham Communities that Care (CTC) arranged for CHS students Brooklyn Carter, Jayla Elliott, Jayden Fermin, Serenity Grier, Joshua Owens, Alexander Rebitz, Bianca White and chaperones, including CSD Superintendent Dr. Brian Scriven and Cheltenham CTC representatives Charla DeValia, Wendy Rosenfeld, and Donna Malcolm, to attend a youth summit in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) sponsored the summit, which included six other coalitions from across Pennsylvania. Cheltenham CTC engages and empowers youth, families, and the community, through prevention and education, to make healthy choices.

The group started the day with a private tour of the Capitol from Pennsylvania State Representative Napoleon Nelson which included the House and Senate and an opportunity to be on the floor as opposed to in the visitors balcony. During the tour, Rep. Nelson addressed general questions as well as the substance-use prevention concerns of the students. The group  then participated in a podcast conducted by the Neshaminy Coalition for Youth, and posed for a CPA group photo with Lt. Gov. Austin Davis on the steps of the Rotunda.

At the summit press conference, Elliott, a freshman at CHS, spoke about Cheltenham CTC, what it does, when they meet, how much students have learned from participating, as well as some of the programs and speakers that have been shared.

Rep. Nelson surprised the group, arranging for all seven CPA coalitions to meet him on the floor of the House of Representatives for a group picture. Photos are not usually allowed in this room, so it was a special exception.

The group closed out their day at the Capitol with a meeting with Health and Human Services Committee Executive Director Clarissa Freeman, who took the time to speak with students in Senator Art Heywood's office.