EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- More than 500 Junior High and High School youth were at Illinois Central College Tuesday, but not for classes.
They were taking part of the 24th annual Tazewell Teens Unlimited Teen Conference.
Students participated in workshops and listened to a presentation by keynote speaker Joel Penton.
The goal of Tuesday's conference was to change a misconception of teenagers in today's society.
"Most people think that all kids are doing drugs; all kids are drinking, and that is not true. So we are working today to make sure people know the majority don't drink. The majority don't do drugs, and if you don't, your making the right choice of a lifetime," said Sara Sparkman, Tazewell County Health Department Communication Director.
Participants in Tuesday's conference were chosen by personnel at their local schools.
Sponsors of the conference include the Tazewell County Health Department, State Farm Insurance, and the Tazewell County Youth Board.