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July 2004

This year, the Youth Council played an important role in planning and facilitating the 2004 National
Youth Summit. The Council was comprised of 16 members from all over the Nation. Members of the
Council were selected because of their leadership in their communities. They were involved in organi-
zations that ranged from faith-based, foster care, and abstinence promotion to voter registration,
learn and serve, and various other community activities. Council meetings were held on a bimonthly
basis, beginning February 2004, via teleconferencing and a pre-Summit 3-day planning meeting was
held in Cleveland in March.

The Council was instrumental in deciding what types of workshops to offer, selecting the activities to
have at the Summit, choosing adult and youth speakers, and helping to facilitate some of the activi-
ties at the conference. This year, Council members had even more new and exciting ideas on ways to
improve the Summit from previous years. One of the most unique additions was the creation of the
“You Write the Book” project, which gave conference participants the chance to have their organiza-
tions or projects highlighted in a Youth Leadership Guide that will be published early in 2005.

This year exceeded any of my expectations. The workshops were more geared toward students,
the speakers were interesting, projects were thought provoking, and most important, the entire
event was FUN! I think the Summit successfully highlighted “Youth Leadership in America’s
Communities,” not only demonstrating what youth from all over the Nation are doing, through
workshops and presentations, but also showing the power youth have to plan a national conference
such as this one.

I think it is essential to bring together such amazing young individuals for a number of reasons. It
allows all of us to find out what other young people are doing all around the country. Through this
sharing of knowledge, we will be able to network with each other in the future. Most important,
however, I think it’s necessary to give everyone a new source of energy and hope. One thing that I
noticed at the conference was the fact that the enthusiasm for youth leadership shown by both youth
and adults was extremely contagious. Hopefully, that enthusiasm was taken home and is being used
in everyone’s communities to empower youth as leaders.

Sincerely,

Matt Lerner
Chair, Youth Council
2004 National Youth Summit
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PREFACE
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“I encourage you to make the right choices, to help others, and to follow your dreams.”
President George W. Bush

It is often said that youth are the across the country to Cleveland for participation and leadership, PYD
leaders of tomorrow. But they’re 3 days of idea sharing, inspiration, helps young people thrive in their
really the leaders of today! and fun. Sponsored by the Family families, classrooms, afterschool
and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) programs, community organiza-
Young people are taking active of the U.S. Department of Health tions, sports and arts facilities, and
roles in nonprofit organizations, and Human Services, the event faith institutions.
on boards of directors, and on focused on “Youth Leadership in
community planning committees. America’s Communities.” And
They are mapping and cataloging true to that title, youth were “I learned that many people take
local youth-friendly services. They involved in the event from start things in the community for grant-
are producing TV newscasts and to finish. ed; they tend to overlook real impor-
serving on jury trials of their tant issues. And we, the youth,
peers. And they are starting non- As Dr. Wade F. Horn, Assistant should step in and take charge.”
profit organizations to bring Secretary for Children and
resources to their issues. Youth are Families at the U.S. Department
shaping their futures and the of Health and Human Services, FYSB embraces youth initiative by
futures of their communities – said in his address: “Adults could including young people in many
NOW! learn a lot from young people, if of its activities. Youth sit on
only we would listen.” Federal grant review panels for
four FYSB programs that have
FYSB, a bureau within the awarded about $142.3 million to
Administration on Children, youth-serving institutions. Under
Youth and Families of the a partnership between FYSB and
Administration for Children and the Head Start Bureau, youth
Families, provides national leader- have served as mentors to young
ship on youth issues and assists children in 169 Head Start pro-
individuals, organizations, and grams nationwide. And a Youth
communities in providing effec- Council, with members from
tive, comprehensive services for around the country, has provided
youth in at-risk situations and key leadership at the National
their families. FYSB embodies the Youth Summits in 2002, 2003,
Positive Youth Development and 2004.
To showcase their determination, (PYD) approach, which celebrates
skills, and talents, the 2004 the strengths of America’s youth For the first National Youth
National Youth Summit brought rather than focusing on their Summit in 2002, FYSB collabo-
hundreds of youth leaders from problems. Through active youth rated with a variety of government

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agencies, youth workers, the success and healthy choices important, youth wanted to share
researchers, program managers, made daily by the vast majority of their own leadership experiences.
and youth to increase the exposure America’s youth.
of PYD nationally. PYD concepts FYSB responded with the 2004
were endorsed by the White At the end of the 2003 Summit, National Youth Summit: “Youth
House Task Force for Disadvan- many youth participants asked Leadership in America’s Commu-
taged Youth, a group charged that the next Summit focus on nities.” A Youth Council of 16
with developing a new, compre- leadership. Young people wanted young people played a key role in
hensive framework for Federal information about programs that its planning and implementation.
youth policy. encourage youth to become mean-
ingfully involved in community
The 2003 Summit, with the and government decisionmaking. “I had a passion to help and lead
theme “Building on the Strengths They wanted to learn more about my community before I came here,
of America’s Youth,” extended the organizational structure and fund- but now I have even more opportuni-
message of PYD by celebrating ing possibilities. And equally ties that have been opened to me.”

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SUMMIT 2004: YOUTH LEADERSHIP


IN AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES
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Lake Erie to listen, share, and 1. Young people ready to make
learn. Fifty-four percent of atten- a difference in their communi-
dees were youth between 14 and ties, who wanted to learn ways
21 years old. The rest came from to begin
community- and faith-based
2. Young people already working
organizations, research and educa-
in their communities, who were
tional institutions, government
ready to take the next step
agencies, and youth service organ-
izations. All shared a common 3. Adults committed to support-
commitment to PYD. ing young people with their
skills and expectations
This year’s Summit included 22
workshops that highlighted youth In the general sessions, five
leadership initiatives. In preparing accomplished young leaders gave
the agenda, Federal staff and inspiring addresses, along with
community- and faith-based speeches by Assistant Secretary for
In July, nearly 600 attendees organizations suggested topics Children and Families Wade F.
from 50 states, the District of and programs that would meet Horn and Deputy Secretary of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico came the needs of the Summit’s three Health and Human Services
to this city on the southern tip of main audiences: Claude A. Allen. Both pledged to

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use their offices to continue to gallery.” Others snapped photos of


support youth-led programs. themselves in front of the amazing
Networking activities, a panel panels to take home as Summit
discussion on community change, souvenirs.
and a working session on leader-
ship models rounded out the con- The art project was just one of the
ference events. fun activities planned for the 3-
day event:

Partnership With z The Singing Angels, a renowned


Freedom’s Answer Cleveland-based youth chorus,
of color, blasts of music, and
entertained general
The 2004 National Youth laughter. Armed with white paper,
session crowds with
Summit saw a unique collabora- colored pens, cardboard cut-outs,
a rendition of
tion between FYSB and Free- and photocopies of famous faces,
“Walking on
dom’s Answer, a nonpartisan, youth took off their shoes,
Sunshine,” as well as
nonprofit student organization sprawled across the floor, and col-
the national anthem
that promotes voter registration laborated on murals interpreting
and a medley of
and turnout. By scheduling the theme “Face to Face,” which
patriotic songs.
their annual events in tandem, was described as “boldly facing
the two organizations gave life’s challenges.” In their work,
z A National Youth Summit
Summit participants an oppor- the youth were asked to use guitar
“Triplex” featured films on three
tunity to explore one model of images inspired by Cleveland’s
screens along with movie-house
youth leadership through Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By
treats.
Freedom’s Answer, while mem- midday, the canvases were vibrant
bers of Freedom’s Answer were with color and design.
z A networking dinner gave par-
encouraged to participate in the
ticipants the opportunity to get
Summit’s skill-building and
to know one another. NYS
networking opportunities.
business cards were provided to
all youth, courtesy of the Youth
Council, to be filled out and
Mile-Long exchanged.
Youth Art Project
Summit activities kicked off early
Thursday morning, with splashes

Throughout the 3-day Summit,


the art panels were displayed
prominently in hallways and in
z Summit participants cheered in
the main ballroom, where youth
the stands at a baseball nail-
and adults repeatedly came to
biter between the Cleveland
admire them. Many paused and
Indians and the Kansas City
commented on the works as they
Royals on Friday night at nearby
moved around the Summit’s “art

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Jacobs Field. An 11th-inning boarded a plane for the first time


home run by the Indians ended so that she could share her experi-
the night with a bang! A gener- ences working in a self-help group
ous contribution from CVS/ for foster youth.
pharmacy helped make the trip
to the ballpark possible. The Summit was also covered by
WCPN radio, WKYC television,
the Ohio News Network, and
Record Publishing.

NYS in the News Long Art Project. Under the head-


Tanairy Preval, 17, of North line “Kids celebrate harmony at “I have learned that, given the
Miami, Florida, had her photo- summit,” the article quoted sever- opportunities, the youth can and
graph featured in the Plain Dealer, al young people, including 19- will take charge. They really want
after a reporter from the Cleveland year-old Carmena Hayes, who left to be heard and be able to make a
newspaper visited with Summit her 10-month-old twins at home difference in their communities.”
youth as they worked on the Mile- in Birmingham, Alabama, and
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GENERAL SESSIONS
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Youth “We, as youth, have the challenge these days,” he said. “We need to
Council Chair of leading in ways we never urge young people to take the
Matt Lerner, thought possible,” he said. initiative any way we can.”
18, from The Internet has provided youth
Middleton, the opportunity to take leadership In his welcoming remarks, Harry
Maryland, roles in the international commu- Wilson, Associate Commissioner
opened nity, while the advent of service of FYSB, took Matt’s challenge
the Summit learning requirements for high one step further. Stressing that
by discussing what he sees as the school graduation in some States youth are in a position to influ-
biggest challenge of youth today: has pushed youth to become more ence those who legislate policies
living and leading in a transform- active in their own neighborhoods. well into the future, he challenged
ing world. “We need many different leaders young people to “help shape the

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Around the World.” The room encouraged the Summit youth to


was filled with youth and adults immerse themselves in the com-
alike spelling A-L-O-H-A with munity around them and really
outstretched arms. get to know the people and issues
on a personal level. She lauded
Youth Lead the Way passion but reminded the youth to
Lobby government. Raise funds. also be purposeful, to make com-
Organize international online mitments and fulfill them.
communities. Five of the speakers
hundreds of ways the government at the 2004 Summit really showed Jennifer Corriero
views youth.” how to get things done! And, for Twenty-four-year-old Jennifer
the youth at the Summit, their Corriero co-founded TakingIT-
Cleveland’s mayor, Jane Campbell, stories served as an even greater Global 5 years ago, in an effort to
closed the session by inviting inspiration. Why? The speakers organize youth initiative around
attendees to take advantage of the were all under 25 years old. the world. The popular online
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and forum that was created serves as a
all the other attractions the city network for the tens of thousands
had to offer. of youth who want to effect
change in their communities and
globally. Though her work,
Hawaiian Greetings
Jennifer has learned a number of
“ALOHA!” Allan Silva called lessons. She offered the 10 best:
out to those who had gathered for
the second morning of the 1. Believe in yourself and others.
Summit. “Aloha!” the room Deborah Hsieh Have confidence that you can
roared back. After explaining the make a difference.
At 14 years old, Deborah
meaning of the famous Hawaiian
(Chi-Chi) Hsieh decided that 2. Gain experience by getting
word, Silva and youth members of
something needed to be done to involved.
ALU LIKE, a Native Hawaiian
improve the prospects of the
empowerment organization, 3. Get creative.
largely Hispanic, low-income
brought the audience to its feet
community down the road from 4. Become solution-oriented.
with a sing-along of the local
her home in Chandler, Arizona. When you focus on your goal,
favorite, “Spread a Little Aloha
In quick succession, she met with instead of your obstacles, it
the director of a local community becomes more real.
The Meaning of ALOHA center, secured a grant from the
A stands for “ala,” which Best Buy Foundation, recruited 5. Don’t be afraid to fail.
means kindness volunteers, and developed the 6. Connect with mentors, and
L stands for “lokahi,” which curriculum for an afterschool pro- have many.
means unity gram that taught both computer
O stands for “oia’i’o,” which and life skills to preschoolers and 7. Follow up on opportunities.
means agreeable high school students alike. Going 8. Build your network. The more
H stands for “ha’aha’a,” which on to Harvard University, Chi-Chi you are able to connect with
means humility continued her community activism the people around you, the big-
A stands for “ahonui,” which in the Boston area. Reflecting on ger the difference you can
means patience her own experiences, Chi-Chi make.

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9. Share your expertise. make a difference, he joined address. For Allen, who grew up
United National Indian Tribal in a lower-income neighborhood
10. Do what you love and bring
Youth, Inc. (UNITY) 7 years ago, in Philadelphia, his tight-knit
love into what you do.
and set about bringing a chapter Jamaican family provided the
of the Native youth empowerment expectations and support that
Mark Godfrey
organization to his tribe. The task, guided him through to law school
“Carry the canoes” was one of he said, wasn’t easy. But through and beyond. In his role at HHS,
Mark Godfrey’s tickets to perseverance, he was able to “set Allen said that he has drawn on
successful youth leadership. A his community on fire.” He chal- that heritage to fund programs
dynamic fundraiser for the 4-H lenged the Summit youth to “set that support community-wide
Kids Helping Kids Fund, Mark the world on fire” by first starting Positive Youth Development. “The
took his leadership cues from the a spark of change in each commu- connection between a child and
everyday events around him. After nity. “Our world needs to change parents, peers, community, and
a surprisingly difficult canoeing now,” he said. “So don’t be tomor- schools determines how youth will
trip left Mark and the other pad- row’s leaders. Be today’s leaders.” deal with risk factors,” Allen said.
dlers exhausted, four members of He pledged the government’s sup-
the crew still volunteered to carry Policymaker port in helping youth thrive.
the heavy, water-laden canoes back Perspectives
to the truck. Mark told Summit
With several decades of youth
attendees that each of the four
development work between them,
paddlers who was willing to go the
Claude Allen and Wade Horn are
extra mile to get the job done that
two of the government’s most
day has gone on to achieve greater
enthusiastic supporters of youth
success. He urged youth to volun-
leadership. Their commitment has
teer for the tough jobs and see
helped make events like the
them through until the end. “The
National Youth Summit possible.
end,” he said, “is the most impor-
tant part of the race.”

Gabriel Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., Assistant


Jackson Secretary, Administration for
Gabriel Children and Families
Jackson, a In his address, Dr. Horn invoked
24-year-old the memory of 9/11 hero Todd
member of Beamer to urge the youth present
the to unleash their own inner
Yavapai- “rebels” in service to others. “I’m
Apache Claude A. Allen, asking you to be the kind of rebel
Nation, Deputy Secretary, Department who is a shining example of what
grew up in of Health and Human Services it means to be a leader in your
a Native American community families, with your peers, and in
“For every young person who has
that he felt was falling victim to your communities,” he said. “This
a dream, you need to have a plan
its own stereotypes; youth drug invitation is based on a very close-
to achieve that dream, and people
abuse, alcoholism, and unemploy- ly held belief of this Adminis-
to support you in that dream,”
ment threatened to sabotage the tration – that every single one
said Deputy Secretary Allen in his
future. Searching for a way to

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of you is special, endowed with munity-wide problems, such as Healthier youth are the ones
dignity, for as President Bush has youth obesity. A panel of four who have taken ownership of
said, ‘Each person has a place and youth and three adult experts their lives.
purpose in this world.’” exchanged ideas with moderator
z Instead of pressuring fast food
Bill Stanczykiewicz of the Indiana
restaurants, kids should be
Dr. Horn reminded the youth that Youth Institute. Audience members
taught culinary skills to open
leadership and service don’t neces- shared their thoughts and ideas at
their own restaurants or to cook
sarily have to come through for- the end of the session.
their own meals.
mal organizations like the Boy
Scouts or 4-H. “It can happen as Key Recommendations: z Adults have been telling kids
you are walking down the street z Get kids off the streets. The that nutrition and exercise
and see an elderly person who streets are stressful, so kids eat aren’t important by prioritizing
needs assistance. It can be in too much. academics over physical educa-
your school when a victim of bul- tion. Those priorities need to
lying needs you to stand between z Get the parents involved. be reconsidered.
him or her and the bully. It can z Make “after school” not seem
also happen as you try to serve as like school. Make it more fun. Community Action Panel
a good example for your younger
Kids don’t often learn how to Stephanie Acosta Inks, Youth
siblings,” he said. “By using your z
play organized sports. If they Mentor
gifts to serve others, rather than
being a ‘rebel without a cause,’ were taught how, they’d be Andrew Bryant, Student Leader,
you will be a ‘rebel with a cause.’” more willing to join teams. YO!
z Take abandoned areas and turn B.J. Carter, Director, Child
them into parks or gardens. Health Initiative, Strang
Community Action Panel:
“Fast Food + Screen Time z Don’t just say no. Give kids Institute
= Bad News” something to say yes to. Faith- Chi-Chi Hsieh, Youth
That America has a weight based activities teach kids that Community Activist
problem is not news. How to they have a purpose. They give
them a reason to be healthy. Dr. Richard Lerner, Professor,
respond to the growing crisis, Tufts University
however, is one of this Nation’s z Instead of focusing on new
most pressing challenges. Using a programs, find ways to sustain Orlando Suazo, Youth
case study of a hypothetical town – those that exist and work. Ambassador, T.R.U.C.E.
Liberty, USA – youth were urged
z Focus on “the youth,” not on Michael Williams, Director,
to think strategically about how to
“programs for the youth.” Orchards Children’s Services
marshal resources to address com-

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WORKSHOPS
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More youth presenters than ever marriage peer group, how to con-
came to this year’s Summit to duct meetings, and which topics
share their own leadership stories to discuss. They also provided the
with their peers. All 22 workshops script for a skit that promotes
featured youth involved in civic abstinence as HIV prevention.
organizing, fitness programs, men-
toring, juvenile justice, and absti- Exploring Youth
nence programs, among others. To Community Internships
provide the “big picture,” How do homeless teens in
researchers also presented informa- Anchorage’s Covenant House
tion on the latest trends in youth overcome great odds and little
development. In addition, a youth- experience to become independ-
led group from the South Side of The Resistance: ent, working adults? Internships!
Chicago reported on its efforts, Liberating Youth, Raising Formerly homeless youth Nick
under a FYSB demonstration the Sexual Standard Zapata and Valerie Hawkins
grant, to implement Positive Youth impressed the workshop audience
Development community-wide. by describing how internships
Each presenter handed out a tool- “Absolutely a hot subject for the
helped them initiate their careers.
kit of information that attendees audience, and the presenters did an
They then led the audience
could use to launch similar projects excellent job conveying that
in their own communities. Decisions Determine Destiny.”
“Our team learned so much from the
Examples of the unique and A high-energy team of four youth experience, right from the first day
informative workshops included: and one adult from Operation that we began preparing our work-
Keepsake in Ohio enthralled the shop down to the flight home to
z The Resistance: Liberating
room with original skits and per- Anchorage. For Nick and Valerie to
Youth, Raising the Sexual
sonal anecdotes about why sexual work on the workshop as part of a
Standard
abstinence was the best choice. team, to present in front of our man-
z Exploring Youth Community The youth explained their belief agement team here in Anchorage, to
Internships that abstinence until marriage is get to travel to downtown Cleveland,
the healthiest decision and one to stay in such a great hotel, to meet
z How to Promote, Support, and
that requires commitment, sup- so many inspirational young people
Celebrate Youth Environmental
port, and knowledge. They from all over the country, to present a
and Social Action
encouraged youth to learn what dynamic hands-on workshop to these
z Can Programs for Out-of-School abstinence means and why it is peers, to interact around the dinner
Youth Change Lives? The Story important. table with policymakers and service
of YouthBuild providers, etc. The list of opportuni-
Toolkit ties for growth goes on and on.”
z Religiosity, Spirituality, and
Youth: “Hardwired to Connect” In the toolkit that accompanied - Todd Shenk, Youth
the workshop, the presenters Development Coordinator,
offered step-by-step advice on Covenant House Alaska
how to start an abstinence-until-

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through a dynamic brainstorming Religiosity, Spirituality,


“Everyone in the room had different
session on the Why, Who, and and Youth: “Hardwired
main points because the workshop
How of soliciting and keeping to Connect”
was set up in a unique way so
internships. They urged those From birth, children yearn for
everyone in the room could share
present to think creatively about strong family attachment, sup-
their ideas. Very awesome. My
available opportunities: Why not portive community relationships,
personal favorite.”
intern with a rock and roll band? and a fundamental understanding
Can Programs for of moral and spiritual truth. More
Toolkit and more often, however, youth
Out-of-School Youth
Besides providing a handy sum- are missing these crucial building
Change Lives? The
mation of the presentation, the blocks. The findings from a
Story of YouthBuild
toolkit went over the nine build- recent, groundbreaking report,
ing blocks of structuring an YouthBuild turns out successful “Hardwired to Connect,” by the
internship, including advice on youth one 2x4 at a time. The U.S. Commission on Children at Risk,
negotiating time commitments, Housing and Urban Develop- help explain the current high
creating a formal memorandum of ment (HUD) program teaches number of U.S. children who suf-
agreement, and keeping an intern- disadvantaged and unemployed fer from emotional and behavioral
ship journal. youth ages 16 to 24 how to build problems. Workshop presenter
housing for low-income and and commission member Bill
How to Promote, homeless people while they study Stanczykiewicz of the Indiana
Support, and Celebrate for GEDs or high school diplomas. Youth Institute concluded that
Youth Environmental Three graduates of YouthBuild families and youth development
and Social Action from different parts of the country organizations need to redouble
gave compelling presentations efforts to offer the personal and
TakingItGlobal, a global online about the opportunities that the
community of youth leaders, is spiritual connectedness that chil-
program opened up for them. The dren increasingly lack. To drive
mastering the art and craft of com- greatest gift, they said, was that
munity change. In an interactive the point home, Curtis Adkins
the program made them believe described his experiences as a
presentation, they brainstormed in themselves.
with attendees about concrete ways young man going outside his
to make a difference. home to seek a caring, spiritual
Toolkit community that could give him
In June, YouthBuild released a the solid foundation he felt that
Toolkit
study, “Life After YouthBuild,” he was lacking.
TakingItGlobal provided a Guide that polled 900 graduates of the
to Action that walks youth program. The toolkit was an exec- Toolkit
through the process of creating utive summary of the report,
change. (A portion of the Guide, “Hardwired to Connect” concluded
which found that 92 percent of that youth have the best chance of
which is available on the Internet, the graduates came away with a
was reproduced in the toolkit.) thriving in “authoritative” commu-
solid self-image and optimism nities, where warmth and nurtur-
The Guide first encourages youth about the future. For instance,
to reflect on changes they would ing are balanced by clear limits and
youth who thought they would expectations. The 10 components
like to make, then proceeds work- live to be 40 years old (on aver-
book style though planning, of an authoritative community are
age) before going through the described in the toolkit.
implementation, and evaluation. program, later felt they would
make it to the age of 72.

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A Rising Generation of Youth Healthy Lifestyles


Leadership: Building Healthy
National Guard ChalleNGe
Communities in the 21st Century
Program – Youth Leaders in
Youth Court: Young People Training
Delivering Justice
Head Start Youth Mentoring
Creative Ways To Make Money – Volunteers … Small Steps Making
Get Incorporated! a Big Difference!
Internet Wasteland: Youth Action Youth Power! Youth Making
Rounding out the workshops were: Council Asserting Its Right To Positive Community Connections
Have a Safe Place To Work and
Pull Your Weight! Youth What Do Youth Say About
Play Online
Improving Their Communities Abstinence Education?
Through Service Learning High School Students Too Young
To Vote but Old Enough To Lead! Building and Empowering Young
Rapping About Mapping: Learn Leaders – Youth Share Their
About YouthMapping to Find Building Community Capacity for
Experience of What Works
Community Resources Positive Youth Development in
Bronzeville – A FYSB Positive
Good News About America’s Youth Development “I realized that our city lacks lead-
Youth: The National 4-H Study Demonstration Project ership opportunities. I would like to
take the information I received here
I Live Here Too! Youth Making a Got Healthy Youth? We Do! and start something with youth that
Difference in Their Communities
Celebrate Fitness: Youth are will give them opportunities.”
Today
Promoting Active Living and
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YOU WRITE THE BOOK


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Summit participants were asked to Council asked members of each z YMCA BLACK Achievers,
come to the final session on group to brainstorm effective Cleveland, OH
Saturday morning ready to get youth leadership initiatives in their
z STAR Leadership Training,
down to work. Before the Summit communities. There was no lack of
Sarasota County, FL
ended and everyone returned home, ideas! After dozens of innovative
the Youth Council was eager to programs were offered, each group z Community Garden, Latin
have attendees, both youth and was asked to whittle down the list American Youth Center,
adults, contribute their wealth of to a handful of the most compelling Washington, DC
experience to a “Leadership Guide,” examples.
z Teen Vox youth newspaper,
a publication that will highlight
Fulton County, NY
today’s youth leadership. A broad range of programs were
recommended and discussed, z STEP smoking prevention,
How It Worked: including: Lafayette, IN
Participants divided into groups of z Adopt-A-Grandparent, Montello
15-20. Facilitators from the Youth Teenpower, Montello, WI

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Using a series of prepared ques- z High school and elementary problems our world is facing. It
tions, participants discussed the school students work together was unique and simple.”
programs in detail, trying to iden-
z It was made by us, the youth, z “When I saw the youth that I
tify what makes each one so suc-
and directed towards us, the mentored as the leaders of this
cessful. Responses included:
youth project.”
z Its ability to change average stu-
z “When I did my first peer proj-
dents into above-average leaders Participants also were asked to
ect, where I worked directly
share the moment they realized
with students for the first time,
z Lets everyday heroes know that that a program was special:
someone looked up to me and
youth care
z “When I saw change in myself believed in me, and in return I
z Kids are being listened to and recognized problems affect- believed in myself. I started to
ing myself and others in my feel good about myself.”
z The opportunity to collaborate
community, when I noticed that
with other teens and create an The “Leadership Guide” will be
with the help of this program, I
article on different views or compiled and published in the
could get my voice out there
beliefs or events in the world next year. It will be made avail-
and know it counts.”
today able free on the Web.
z When the program “got the
community aware of the health
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CLOSING THOUGHTS
.........................................................

Young people have already sug-


gested a wide variety of topics for
workshops, speakers, and activi-
ties. They have pledged to come
to the 2005 National Youth
Summit with ideas and enthusi-
asm, showing that they too are
willing to “carry the canoes”!

The 2004 Summit was a shining hosting the conference, to address-


example of Positive Youth ing general sessions and conduct-
Development in practice. Over ing workshops, to “writing the
the 3-day event, youth were guid- book” on youth leadership.
ed and inspired by young people,
many of whom already had The 2005 National Youth
proven to be effective leaders. Summit, Youth In Action—
They also had an opportunity to Making a Difference, will focus
partner with adults – from play- on youth and public policy, eco-
ing key roles in planning and nomics, community, and creativity.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT REPORT ..................

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would like to acknowledge the following individuals and
organizations for their contributions to this year’s National Youth Summit. The Department particularly appreciates
the work of the young people who served on the Youth Council and played a major role in shaping the event.

Summit Planning Committee The Summit Planning Committee would also


like to thank:
Family and Youth Services Bureau Nobel L. Schuler
Jacqueline Baker Artist and Muralist
Youth Services Program Specialist
The Singing Angels
Harry Wilson Cleveland, Ohio
Associate Commissioner Molly Barnard, Program Coordinator
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth Female Youth Mentoring Program of Merrick House
Kathy Beatty Marcia Meth Amy Lea Ezzo, Girl Resources
Lee Britton Stephanie Olmstead-Dean Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council
Deborah Brouse Celeste Pleasant
Adrian Burnim Marcia Radin Patricia M. Kearney, Marketing Supervisor
Rebecca Chalmers Jennifer Rich Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Marla Katz Lisa A. Kreiger, Senior Marketing Director
Tower City Center
JBS Design Center
Jim McManus, Account Executive
Claire Speights
Cleveland Indians Baseball Co.
CBM Consulting Stephen Wing, Director of Government Programs
Consie Miller
CVS/pharmacy
Rosenberg Communications Louis Zsula, Event Manager
Jeff Rosenberg Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Donna Sneyd
2004 Youth Council Special thanks to:
Alayna Cohen The Family and Youth Services Bureau for their work
Jenoy Coleman on behalf of America’s youth
Bigvai Estrada Joan Ohl, Commissioner
Ben Pearson Fletcher Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Heather Guidry
Veda Hansbro U.S. Department of Agriculture
Simone Harris U.S. Department of Education
Sam Herbert
Julie Hocker U.S. Department of Defense
Brad Keating U.S. Department of Justice
Matt Lerner U.S. Department of Labor
Nacho Paz
Joe Semsar Corporation for National and Community Service
Valery Valverde White House Office of Faith-Based
Tina Williams and Community Initiatives
Emily Wilson

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WHERE WE LIVE
(2004 National Youth Summit Attendees)

“The overall [Summit] was terrific and inspiring, with all the young people there, turned
on to leadership training, and wearing their red tee shirts proudly. Very youth centered and
consistent in all respects with the Positive Youth Development model.”
-Andrew Hahn, professor and founder of the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University
For information on the next National Youth Summit:
www.ncfy.com