How to Hold A Youth Summit Planning Guide

How to Hold A Youth Summit is a resource is part of Search Institute’s national Healthy Communities • Healthy Youth (HC• HY) initiative, which seeks to motivate and equip communities across the country to build assets for youth. Across this great nation people are trying to find ways to give young people an authentic voice and meaningful roles in their community. More and more, they are using youth-led Youth Summits as a tool to make this happen.

This planning guide represents Search Institute’s learning about how to develop and hold an effective Youth Summit, based on the experience of adults and young people from across the country. These suggestions can be tailored to with new ideas, but Search Institute reminds those holding youth summits to ensure there is a spirit of authentic youth engagement, networking and shared learning.

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