Tower, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- High School students on the Iron Range took a break from the books to get some important life lessons today.
Going from high school to college is a major step in independence and Iron Range youth got a chance to prepare for that step together on Monday.
The Nineteenth Annual Iron Range Young Leaders Conference gave students a look at what life may throw at them in the coming years.
"They'll be able to fully understand what they need to do in high school in grades 9–12 to prepare for the application process and the admissions process into certain colleges." Said Youth Program Coordinator, Taryn Burnett.
More than 450 students gathered at the event to learn about a very wide range of topics.
"It ranges from how to prepare for college, what to do when you're in college, what you're drinking, what kinda changes you can make in that sense, how to spend your money wisely once you have money to spend and anything that can make a difference in these kids' lives." Said Youth Program Coordinator, Tyler Erickson.
Students helped organize the event and presented research to their peers.
"It's really fun because it gives us a chance to go in front of kids our age and talk to them about stuff we're interested in and want them to know about." Said Student Presenter, Tanner Bina.
And with a theme of "Make a Difference 2014" students walked away with a positive attitude for the future.
"I think the conference really prepares people for college and it gives everybody a really good outlook on different things. People walk away from here wanting to make a difference and having the information that makes it possible." Said Student Logistical Coordinator, Jenna Kingsley.
Students also got treated to some entertainment from a hypnotist proving the mind is a powerful thing.
The event was open to the public and was funded by St. Louis County and Iron Range area businesses.