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Local teens participate in landmark RDI leadership program


June 2, 2021

RDI LEADERSHIP graduate Gavin Gardner receives his certificate from Tyler Reece during a graduation ceremony, held at the Sweet Home Senior Center.

Twelve Sweet Home School District students, mostly from Sweet Home Junior High, but some from the high school and one from Holley Elementary School, graduated from a Rural Development Initiative leadership program on Wednesday, May 26, at the Sweet Home Senior Center.

The program started on Jan. 18 of this year.

RDI has done several adult sessions in Linn County before, but Executive Director Heidi Khokhar said this graduation marked one of the first times that youth have gone through the program.

"We didn't dumb that thing down a bit," she said. "We just brought the program and the kids a...

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