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 2024, YES is in its 18th year and continues to offer a unique, once-a-year chance to let teens see all the opportunities that lie ahead.

YES 2024

York County Libraries is excited to announce the 18th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2024 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Location TBD.

Our Keynote Speaker is Jennifer Foxworthy, alumnus of William Penn High School, retired Navy veteran, author, and motivational speaker. Her keynote address focuses on cultivating your potential, problem solving, and developing a sound work ethic to achieve goals. 

Check back soon for more information about this year’s workshops!


During registration, students choose from a variety of workshops to meet their individual interests. 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.