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The regular monthly meeting of the Rainy River District School Board was held April 3 at Donald Young School in Emo.

At the meeting, the board received a presentation on last year’s Young Women’s Conference as well as one on Challenge 2011.

The 12th-annual Young Women’s Conference was held last May 27-29 at Luther Village near Sioux Narrows.

The conference was planned by the school board in partnership with the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope, the Northwest Catholic District School Board, and the United Native Friendship Centre.

A total of 49 young women in Grades 7-12 participated, who were provided information about the indicators of violence against young women and ways to support self and others.

In addition, the young women had the opportunity to journal, explore youth leadership, and participate in workshops while learning to promote wellness, kindness, and positive self-esteem.

The ultimate goal of this conference is to support young women with information and a positive view for a hopeful future.

The 2012 Young Women’s Conference, in the planning stages, will be held this May 25-26 at Sunny Cove Camp here.

Meanwhile, Challenge 2011 was held May 25-27 at the Ontario Ranger Camp in Quetico Park.

This unique outdoor adventure involved young men in Grade 8 from across the school board as well as student mentors from all three high schools.

The program enables students to develop team-building and leadership skills, to make new friends, and to experience an outdoor education program that focuses on learning more about the environment and themselves.

At the end of the session, all participants earn a certificate in Basic Canoeing–Level One from the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA).

Organizers of Challenge 2012 are looking forward to the program’s third-consecutive year, which will take place May 23-25.

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