Training young people to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse New York City

Congrats to the Schools/Organizations and Adult Advisors that attended in 2014:

JCCA Bukharian Teen Lounge & Forest Hills High School
Flushing High School
University Heights High School
Brooklyn College Community Partnership
Changing the Odds
BUILD/Batya Girls
Bronx Leadership Academy High School
Eagle Academy for Young Men
South Bronx United
World Academy for Total Community Health High School
East New York Family Academy
Brooklyn Prepatory High School
South Asian Youth Action at Richmond Hill High School
Go Girl Bronx - BOOM! health
Midwood High School
Brooklyn Amity School
Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Correctional Association of NY
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice
Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Voyages Preparatory High School
School for Democracy and Leadership

Event Description:
The goal of the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit is to inspire young leaders to take charge by empowering them with knowledge of the possibilities, skills, and the training they need to turn ideas into action. Students will engage with New York City’s top change makers by discussing pressing diversity issues and developing a network of youth leaders. Participants will then go back to their communities, where they will implement a diversity project. YouthBridge-NY will then follow-up with them in the spring to evaluate their progress.

The implementation of a diversity project at one’s school or community is the highlight of this year’s Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit. Students should not only learn from the event, but also be inspired and equipped to bring change back to their own schools and communities. It is suggested that student supervisors who attend the conference serve as club advisors at their school/organization, nominate 3-5 student leaders to attend, and advise them as they work to implement their own diversity project. As part of the conference agenda, supervisors and students will have the time to begin planning a diversity project and may bounce their ideas off of the workshop presenters and other participants.

What to expect at the conference?

PART ONE: Case Study Sessions with Leaders

  Students will be divided into groups and meet with 6 different entrepreneurial leaders who have identified an issue/need, found a solution, and evaluated their success.

  Students will be able to ask questions and better understand the process so that they may implement their own project/idea at their school or community.

PART TWO: Skill-Building Sessions

  Students will have a mini session on basic organizing skills, which will help them to plan and implement a project/idea at their school. Skills include time management, budget, teamwork, marketing, creating a campaign, and more!

PART THREE: Keynote Speaker

  Participants will hear from a dynamic keynote speaker who will provide a personal account of how one can identify a need or a challenge and bring their desired solution to fruition through measurable and attainable steps. The keynote will address the ability within each student to create positive change in his or her small section of the world, and how through these small changes we can collectively change the world at large.

PART FOUR: Action Planning

Students and supervisors will regroup to begin the process of planning a project at their school. They will then share their plan and get feedback from other school groups.

** Supervisors will participate in the case-study sessions and skill-building workshops with the students.

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