Youth Empowerment Summit

Because librarians are mentors…

What is the Youth Empowerment Summit? 

YES is a day-long event for York County Students in grades 9-12. This annual event is created by the Teen Leadership Committee– a group comprised of hard-working teens dedicated to encouraging growth in others. 

The Youth Empowerment Summit is filled with great activities to get you writing the next page in your story. As of 2020, YES is in its 14th year and continues to offer a unique, once-a-year chance to let teens see all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Register for YES 2020

YES 2020: We Are the Change

YES 2020’s theme is We Are the Change! The Teen Leadership Committee chooses the theme each year.

Featured Author Discussion

 Our featured Young Adult author and keynote speaker is Justina Ireland.

The theme of teens effecting change in their communities and countries is explored in this year’s book, Dread Nation.

A Day Full of Opportunities

Besides the chance to hear the keynote speaker, there are lots of other things to do during the day. Some of those things include:

  • Breakfast & registration (free T-shirts!)
  • Many different workshops 
  • Keynote speaker
  • Lunch 
  • Connect with like-minded teens across the county
  • Opportunities to explore your interests (including college and career prep, workshop subject areas, and more!)


While registering for YES, students will choose from a wide variety of workshops to choose those which best 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’re new every year!

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

  • Planning for college or post-high school education
  • Understanding financial aid for college
  • Developing writing skills
  • Public speaking
  • Local businesses provide demonstrations of their work
  • Health issues for teens
  • Various other topics, selected by the Teen Leadership Committee

Workshops are typically led by community members such as business owners, nonprofit employees or volunteers, and local college and tech professors. 


The day and everything in it is FREE for attendees. (A big THANK YOU to Martin Library for providing the space for this event!)

Students who attend are excused from classes all day—so make sure your school is participating! Teacher chaperons from each school are welcome to participate as well.

Check with your school and register by February 28, 2020 (earlier preferred!) at the link below, and we‘ll see you on March 25th! 

Register for YES 2020