Rutledge Hosts Youth Summit
April 5, 2016
ALMA – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted a Youth Summit today for seventh through 12th graders, raising awareness of dating violence. The summit comes after Rutledge hosted five Break the Cycle trainings across the State for educators who were taught the foundational knowledge about dating abuse and methods for intervention. The Summit was held today at the Alma Airedale Arena.
This year’s Youth Summit is the largest ever Attorney General sponsored event, with more than 2,100 students attending.
“Raising awareness of dating violence is a major priority of mine,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This interactive and informative event’s message was directed to junior high and high school students to help them understand the dangers and consequences of dating violence and how to have healthy relationships.”
Former college football standout and NFL player Keith Davis was the featured speaker with his “Just Say YES: Youth Equipped to Succeed” message. Davis, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, graduated from the University of Southern California with his football team’s highest grade point average and a degree in business finance. He was the team’s leading tackler, selected to the All-American Strength Team, an All-Conference player and played in the Rose Bowl. After college, Davis signed with the New York Giants.
Other speakers included Angela McGraw, executive director for Women & Children First in Central Arkansas, and Kiah McGraw, the state advocate coordinator for the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Partners with the Attorney General’s office in hosting the event are Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Child Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.