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 2019, YES is in its 13th year and continues to offer a unique, once-a-year chance to let teens see all the opportunities that lie ahead.

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YES 2019: Save the World!

YES 2019’s theme is Save the World- a big job with lots of ways to do it! Teens will explore ways to Save the World, both today and in the future. They can find some real information on their options after high school; dig deeper into their favorite subjects; and will have the chance to discover new interests, including a discussion by a Young Adult author.

Featured Author Discussion

 Our featured Young Adult author and keynote speaker is K.M. Walton, an award-winning author who thinks everyone has it in them to be compassionate to others, no matter who it is.

This theme is carried into this year’s book, Cracked, which deals with some familiar topics in a fresh way.

Victor is under stress—his life is terrible, he’s bullied at school, and his parents won’t let him be anything but perfect. He decides the best way out is to down his mom’s sleeping pills—but instead of never waking up, he opens his eyes in the hospital. From there, it’s a short trip to the psych ward.

Guess who ends up as his roomie? Bull, the biggest jerk at school, who’s got his own issues that landed him here. The two guys couldn’t be more different, and there’s no way this is going to work. Until they discover the one thing they have in common: a reason to keep living.

YES attendees will get to hear K.M. Walton’s fantastic discussion of her book as well as her inspiration to write it. Additionally, students will receive their own copy of the book and will have the opportunity for autographs after the discussion.

A Day Full of Opportunities

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

  • Breakfast & Registration (free T-shirts!)
  • Workshops 
  • Keynote speaker
  • Lunch
  • Opportunities to explore your interests (Including college and career prep, workshop subject areas, and more!)
  • Participation in voting for the upcoming Part of the Story book 


After arriving at YES, students are encouraged to choose from a wide variety of workshops that best suit their interests. Some of them will get you up and moving, and others will delve into 21st century technology. 

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

  • 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

Workshops are often lead by community members such as business owners, nonprofit employees or volunteers, and local professors.


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

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

Check with your school and register by March 20 (earlier preferred!) from the button below, and we‘ll see you on March 27! 

Register for YES 2019