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LEADERS TO LEADERS YOUTH SUMMIT
The annual YouthBridge-NY Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit brings together approximately 150 high school students, along with their adult advisors, from schools and community-based organizations throughout New York City. The goal of this year’s conference 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.
What does the day look like?
- Case Study Sessions with Leaders
- Students will be divided into groups and meet with 6 different entrepreneurial leaders who have identified an issue/ need in the community and followed steps to successfully effect change.
- 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.
- Skill-Building Sessions
- Students will have a session on basic organizing skills, which will help them to plan and implement a project/idea at their school. Skills include time management, teamwork, marketing, creating a campaign, and more!
- 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.
- Action Planning Session
- Students and supervisors will regroup to begin the process of planning a project at their school.
- Groups who successfully work to implement their project will be eligible to win up a prize up to $1,000.
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 adult advisors who attend the conference serve as club advisors at their school/organization, nominate 3-8 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.
Check out resources and materials for Youth Summit, including this year's program, below!
Photos from Youth Summit 2017