Summit photography provided by Stephen Lang

The Long Island Youth Summit is open to students attending high school on Long Island. 

Please follow the instructions listed below in order to participate in the Youth Summit. You will need to register your intention to participate in the Summit by clicking the Register link, then you will need to decide what kind of project you would like to do and what will be the topic of your project. You can use the questions and links provided in the Topics section of the website to help you do research about your issue, or you can use your own research resources to submit an original research paper/art project on the topic. Once you submit your project to the Selection Committee, we will let you know within fifteen days if you were selected to participate as a finalist. About 250 students are selected to participate in the Youth Summit conference every year. The deadline for submitting projects for the 2020 Youth Summit is Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 

Check the LIYS News page for updates on the Summit.


1.     On the website, go to the Register link and complete the registration information.  This information will let us know that you are interested in submitting a project to be selected to participate in the Summit.  We will ask you to fill in your name, your Summit’s topic of interest, your high school, the name of your teacher, and your contact information (e-mail and/or phone).

2.     Next, go to the Summit Topics page and decide what topic you want work on. Click on the name of your topic to open Focus Questions and Links page. This is where you will be able to find questions about your topic and links that may help you do research on your topic.  We encourage you to do additional research on the topic that you will select for your project.  

3.    Decide which issue or issues you find most interesting. You can also choose one or more subtopic(s). The issues and subtopics are:

4.     Using the Focus Questions, start researching a topic of your choice.   The links and websites are helpful resources where you can start. We encourage you to explore your topic in more depth and do additional research on your own. Please incorporate original ideas and solutions in your project.

5.     Your project can be in a form of a written essay, a video or a multi-media project, an art project, or photo project.

These are the specific project requirements:

Essay Project - Essays should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Essays must be one or two students' original work.
Art/Photography - Photography projects should include no more than a total of 20 images. Use of photo enhancement programs is permitted. Photographic prints must be provided and should be at least 4"x 6". A photography project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students on one project), but must be students' own product. Art projects should include no more than 20 images, whether drawings, paintings, etc. An art project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students on one project), but must be students' own product.
Video/Film Project - Video/Film projects should be no more than 12 minutes long in final form. A video/film project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students), but must be the students' own product.

6.     Complete your project. If you have questions about the essay or other projects, you may speak with your teacher or send an email to   If you prefer to speak with someone at the LIYS about your project, please call Dr. Gail Lamberta at St. Joseph’s College at (631) 687-1285.

7.     Submit your completed project.  An essay project can be submitted to your high school (to your teacher or person designated at your school to receive LIYS projects), or you can email it to  
Links to media projects posted online, such as or other social media sites, may also be sent to  Please make sure that access to your project is not restricted and
provide your name, school district, and your contact information.  Only essays and media links can be submitted online.

 8.     All non-essay projects such as art should be delivered to: Dr. Gail Lamberta, 2020 LIYS Selection Committee, St.Joseph’s College, Room N-109, O’Connor Hall, 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772. 


project Submission Deadline

All projects must be received by the LIYS Selection Committee by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.


Summit participants will be chosen by the LIYS Selection Committee based on the quality of their projects.

Submitted projects will be evaluated on the basis of five rubrics: (1) how many topic issue questions have been answered?; (2) how well (in depth) a selected topic is covered; (3) is there an original research and/or a creative contribution to a project?; (4) have students presented their own ideas about the future of Long Island and/or solutions to the issues?; (5) the quality of presentation and the quality of content integration.

We encourage additional research and original contributions by students.  Original art and video projects can relate to topics but we do not expect these to contain answers to all topic questions.  Original science research papers are welcome. Creative exploration of a topic by students is highly valued by the Selection Committee.