About the Long Island Youth Summit
The Long Island Youth Summit is a year-round educational program that is a partnership between the Northwell Health, St. Joseph’s College, Vision Long Island, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and a number of other public and private organizations. The first Summit took place in 2009 in Oakdale, NY. One hundred and twenty students participated in the program in the first Summit. Today close to 500 students submit projects for the program and about 300 students are selected to participate in the Summit’s annual conference.
The program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to do research and arts projects that deal with important issues that impact communities on Long Island and in the United States. Students who have submitted the best projects go on to participate in the Summit’s annual conference where they work with top experts to develop solutions to a host of socio-medical, environmental and social challenges.
The purpose of the Summit is to engage young people as early as possible in thinking about and solving the problems related to local and regional social, economic and environmental issues. The Summit aims at developing research, creative, and social skills of high school students by allowing them to work collaboratively with leaders in business, government, and non-profit sectors. The Summit also aims to bring together talented students of diverse backgrounds from different school districts across Long Island and to give these students an opportunity to interact and propose solutions together.