VBEC ~ 3404 NORTH BEN WILSON ST, VICTORIA, TEXAS 77901 ~ (361) 572-8232

YOUth LEADership Conference for June 8 – 11 is unfortunately CANCELLED due to COVID-19

Dear Volunteers and Supporters of YOUth LEADership Conference,

We at VBEC hope this note finds you and yours well in the midst of the COVID-19 situation. We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our event attendees and volunteers, staff, supporters, and community very seriously and are practicing abundant caution. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, local public health officials, and state and local authorities as they pertain to every day operations and special events such as summer camps.

After much study and consideration we have come to the very difficult decision to cancel YOUth LEADership Conference 2020 that was scheduled for June 8 – 11. Key factors leading to this decision include:
  • Meeting official guidance and requirements for group gatherings and social distancing,
  • Resolving logistics challenges at our venues,
  • Difficulty in recruiting participants as schools moved to distance learning, and
  • Loss of funding as donors redirect giving towards direct COVID-19 relief or endure their own financial loss .
We also looked at postponing YLC until later in the summer, but right now that option faces similar issues.

We know our faithful youth and adult volunteers are disappointed at this news, as are last year’s participants who were looking forward to returning as apprentice youth leaders. We so appreciate your dedication and hope to have every one back next year. We also sympathize with our faithful vendors who are deeply impacted by COVID curtailments.

We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies. As best we can, VBEC will continue to offer existing and new programs in support of our participants and volunteers as needed and for as long as we can.

We plan to be back with this great event in Summer of 2021.



Program Summary

The YOUth LEADership Conference:

• Helps reduce the dropout rate in local schools and surrounding areas by keeping students inspired and on track, persuaded to focus on education. • Instills student leadership skills. • Helps students succeed in school. • Helps students successfully move on to a career and/or higher education. • Engages business people/community leaders with helping others to succeed. • Allows businesses to interact with students. • Increases the power of the workforce.