On Feb. 26, 2015, Valeriya Zaytseva, a student board member of the Sarasota League of Women Voters and the captain of the mock trial debate team at Riverview High School, coached her classmates to a second-place win at the Manatee-Sarasota mock trial competition sponsored by the Florida Bar. Our congratulations to her and her team!

Valeriya is our representative from the Community Youth Development’s STAR program. The STAR (Students Take Active Roles) Leadership Training has been recognized as one of the top leadership programs for youth in the country. It began with the belief that youth, when given the proper tools, can have a profound and lasting effect on the community around them. STAR empowers young people to become civically engaged and utilize their unique perspective to create positive change throughout Sarasota County.

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