The University of Louisville is convening its first-ever Kentucky Teen Institute this week.   

More than two dozen teenagers and adult advisors from across the state are spending several days tackling issues that affect teen health such as obesity, pregnancy, drugs, bullying and suicide.

Institute director Stacie Steinbock says the teenagers will be expected to come up with a plan of action to take back to their hometowns.

“What we feel really strongly about is that teens themselves really need to be part of the solution.   We often think about teens as the problem and a very difficult population to work with, but in fact they have an amazing capacity for leadership,” she said.

Participants will also hear from Mayor Greg Fischer, health department director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt and others. 

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.