Youth Empowerment Summit


What is the Youth Empowerment Summit? 

The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) is a special event for York County Students in grades 9-12. 

The Youth Empowerment Summit is filled with great activities to get teens writing the next page in their life. As of 2023, YES is in its 17th year and continues to offer a unique, once-a-year chance to let teens see all the opportunities that lie ahead.

YES 2023

YES 2023 will be focused on providing teens with support and options to create a well-balanced life beyond graduation. It will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 8:30am to 2:00pm on the Penn State York campus. 

A Day Full of Opportunities

There will be many things to do during the day. Some include:

  • Breakout Workshops 
  • Keynote speaker
  • Information Sessions
  • Connect with like-minded teens across the county
  • Opportunities to explore your interests


While registering for YES, students will choose from a variety of workshops to meet their individual interests. Some of these get everyone up and moving, and others delve into 21st century technology. Others build crucial life skills. They are new every year!

In the past, YES has held workshops on subjects such as: 

  • Planning for college or post-high school education
  • Understanding financial aid for college
  • Developing writing skills
  • Public speaking
  • Local business demonstrations
  • Health issues for teens

Workshops are led by community leaders such as legislators, business owners, advocates, teens, nonprofit employees and volunteers, and local college and tech professors. 

Register for the 2023 Youth Empowerment Summit

The deadline to register for YES is September 30, 2023.