This year we will be hosting the Youth Summit Community Project Awards!

The goal of the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit is to inspire young leaders to take charge by empowering them with the skills and training they need to turn ideas into action. Although we will not be hosting a Youth Summit this year, our goal with this award is to continue empowering youth to go back to their schools and implement a pro-diversity or social justice project.

The Youth Summit Community Project Award is to support student groups that are actively planning and implementing a pro-diversity or social justice project in their school or community.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student group behind the project must complete and submit a statement of need, faculty support, student support, one goal, and a budget by February 15, 2019. Please make sure that you have completed all of the necessary steps before applying.

The flyer is available here.

Click the link for the Youth Summit Community Project Awards Application Guidelines.


LEADERS TO LEADERS YOUTH SUMMIT

The 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 and metro area. 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.

Expectations
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!

 Information on Keeping Track Online (CCC-NY): The largest city-based database on child well-being in the country

Information on Keeping Track Online (CCC-NY): The largest city-based database on child well-being in the country

 Basics of Community Organizing Student Workbook

Basics of Community Organizing Student Workbook

 Action Planning Presentation

Action Planning Presentation

Photos from Youth Summit 2017