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 was focused on providing teens with support and options to create a well-balanced life beyond graduation. It took place on the Penn State York campus with over 120 teens from 12 school districts across York County participating.

Our presenters included 18 community leaders facilitating breakout sessions and a virtual conversation with Andrew Aydin, the keynote speaker. Aydin co-authored the graphic memoir trilogy March with US Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.

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During registration, students chose from a variety of workshops to meet their individual interests. Some of these got everyone up and moving, and others delved into 21st century technology. Others built 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. 

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