Raleigh Youth Summit
Saturday, September 28, 2019
The RALEIGH YOUTH SUMMIT is a collaborative, youth-inspired partnership between the City of Raleigh and the community designed to encourage, educate, and empower our YOUth through meaningful engagement as a way of connecting their present with our shared future. #wehearYOUth
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
LOCATION: NCSU McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606
COST: Free of charge (Pre-registration required)
Registration Now Open!
- Break-out sessions
- Nationally recognized speakers and presenters
- Information about education and career opportunities
- Dance Party featuring DJ Brian Dawson
- Provide a voice for our YOUth in City government
- Provide a voice for our YOUth through meaningful engagement opportunities
- Develop future leaders who have a valued voice in community and city affairs
- Inspire by connecting our YOUth with employment and education opportunities
- Engage our YOUth in conversations about issues affecting their daily lives
- Connect YOUth with their peers and local YOUth-serving programs
Shawn Blanchard - Bestselling author, speaker, and mentorship specialist, Shawn Blanchard co-founded a successful mentoring program, led a math department to the top 5 percent in New York City, and helped start a fitness movement that helped hundreds of people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Mr. Blanchard wrote a best-selling book, “How ‘Bout that for a Crack Baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success,” and founded University of Moguls Publishing and Design, where he offers publishing and design services to aspiring authors.
Edward Garnes, Jr. - Award-winning writer, activist, counselor, and basketball coach, Atlanta native Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is the founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, a community-based organization uniquely focused on cultural productions that bridge generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip-hop community.
Christian Gray – Founder/CEO, DIVERSE (Dedicated Individuals who Value Education, Relationships, Success, and Effort), a community-based organization dedicated to developing leaders of society on and off the court.
Sharlene Provilus - As an inspirational speaker, spoken word artist and social entrepreneur, Shalene Provilus' passion for community engagement, advocacy and youth development has given her the opportunity to lead workshop presentations, keynote addresses and spoken word performances with thousands of people on platforms relating to business, art, and faith.
Lindsey Wrege - As the CEO of 321 Coffee, a nonprofit pop-up coffee shop that is staffed by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Lindsey Wrege seeks to highlight the uniqueness of those with IDD and create an environment where the community can engage with and learn from them.
Gab Smith - Step into the galleries at CAM Raleigh, and the first thing you’ll be struck by is the expansiveness of the space. As large as it is, it can barely contain the excitement executive director Gab Smith has about the future of art in Raleigh.
Eleanor Hawthorne - As the Social Media Manager for the City of Raleigh, Eleanor Hawthorne utilizes marketing, branding, and social media have to turn her personal passion for connecting people into a professional path. She has worked in environments from tech start-ups and small business to government, and she is constantly invigorated by the creative process of developing concepts for a client or product and seeing that concept come to life.
Ilina Ewen - Former Chief of Staff for the First Lady of North Carolina, Ilina Ewen uses her voice to bring awareness to issues related to the well-being of children, politics, and public education. She has served as North Carolina's representative to Parenting magazine's Mom Congress, a United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Statewide Champion, social media ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and currently serves on many boards. She lends her time and talent to the boards of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and VAE, as well as the advisory committee for the Green Chair Project.
KidzNotes – engages students pre-K through 12th grade in an intense out-of-school musical program that includes instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The KidzNotes’ All Stars String Trio will perform during workshop changes. The organization will set up an Instrument Zoo Information Booth display area.
Youth Summit Out and About
Talk with our Youth Summit Ambassadors to get more information, ask questions, get free stuff, and pose in front of our Youth Summit Step & Repeat wall at these upcoming events:
- SunFest at Dix Park, Sat., July 13
- Food Truck Rodeo, Sun., Aug. 4, Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
- African American Cultural Festival, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Fayetteville Street Mall, Downtown Raleigh
Community Sponsor -Delta Dental