Youth Empowerment Summit

Youth Empowerment

Because librarians are mentors…

Pique your interest for post-secondary education, and explore a wide variety of career options at the Youth Empowerment Summit! This an annual event is designed for students in grades 9-12 from all schools as well as home school students in York County. It is designed by the Teen Leadership Committee at Martin Library with the help of the Teen Services Committee for York County Libraries.  The day is designed to engage teens in a variety of activities to stimulate their interest in post-secondary education, personal learning interests and educational opportunities.

Students who attend are given a copy of the feature book written by the guest author and have an opportunity to have it signed and meet the author during the day. They also have a chance to win door prizes that the Leadership Committee members solicit from the community to support the day.

This annual event has been sponsored each year by a local business, looking to support teens as they grow to become part of the workforce. The sponsor’s generosity helps to keep this a free event for the students who attend- usually 120 or more each year.

Typical Schedule of the Summit:

The day begins with a group breakfast and networking time, features a keynote address by a Young Adult author, choices of workshops and lunch. 

Students are excused from their school day to attend and get credit for coming. Teacher chaperones attend with their students and can take part in the workshops as well.

The day runs from 8:00AM- 2:30PM.  Martin Library is closed to the public during the summit so that staff can help with the event and so the entire building can be utilized for workshops.

Workshops at the Summit

Workshops are beneficial for a wide variety of topics including:

  • Planning for College
  • Financial Aid for College
  • Writing Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Local Business demonstrations of their work
  • Health issues for teens
  • Various other teen-selected topics