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A History Moment

THE GROWTH OF TEEN CONFERENCES

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1957 EASTERN REGION TEEN CONFERENCE

Due to the success of the first teen conference and based on the suggestions from the teens contributed to the continuation of the annual conferences. The conferences provided constructive educational, recreational and social programs by and for the teens withing each geographical area.

Since funds were limited during this time, parents and teen were often house guests of host chapter members or housed in college or YMCA/YWCA dormitories that occasionally served as conference headquarters.

During the years of 1951-1955, the first conference sites in the Eastern Region followed the same pattern as the entry of chapters in the national organization. Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh and Baltimore hosted the conferences in that order.

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1957 MID-ATLANTIC TEEN CONFERENCE

The Mid-Atlantic was the second region to conduct a conference when Newport News served as host in November 30, 1953. Norvleate Downing directed the conference in her hometown.

In June 1954, the St. Louis Chapter invited teens from the Central Region to attend their first conference. Teens from St. Louis, Memphis and Oklahoma City attended.

By 1955, the Southeastern, South Central, Far West and Mid-Western regions convened teen conferences under the leadership of directors appointed by the national president.

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