A crowd of teens gather holding letter signs that spell out Teen Summit 2018

Save the Date for Teen Summit 2020!

We are excited to announce that Teen Summit will take place from July 14 to July 19, 2020 at Babson College located in Wellesley, MA.

Stay tuned for more information about Teen Summit 2020 in the coming months.

For any immediate questions, you may reach out to Christine Monska, Youth Leadership Program Manager at cmonska@theclubhousenetwork.org

Teen Summit is a biennial week-long Youth Leadership event that brings Clubhouse youth together from each of the 100 Clubhouses internationally. Youth leaders explore issues relevant to them and propose solutions through the creative use of innovative, high-end technologies. Teen Summit features a college and career fair, collaborative cross-cultural activities, and many other opportunities for educational, career, and personal growth.

2020 Sponsors

Best Buy   MIT Media Lab
Facebook   EarthLink   Pega Systems


APPROXIMATELY 200 YOUTH LEADERS plus adult staff and chaperones from various community-based organizations, colleges and sponsoring partners attend Teen Summit every other year. At Teen Summit, the youth leaders participate in a variety of workshops, projects, and teambuilding activities designed to both build technological skills and foster international connections. The youth also learn and grow through their participation in “tracks”, designed for the youth to address issues through creativity and technology. During the week, they create collaborative projects that focus on a specific content area, such as animation, web design, robotics, 3D modeling, and/or video creation. The goals of the tracks are to:

  • build technological skills and awareness
  • strengthen leadership and teamwork skills
  • foster a sense of positive social action
  • increase a sense of self-efficacy

TEEN SUMMIT IS A VIBRANT OPPORTUNITY that provides many firsts for the teens. Often it is the first time they are leaving their neighborhood, getting on a plane, or staying on a college campus. At Teen Summit, Clubhouse youth leaders not only build hands-on fluency in technology, but also become self-motivated, confident learners through collaborative experiences that spark their interests, expand life skills, and inspire them to become global citizens. Teen Summit seeks to expose youth to new tools and apply these skills to educational and career-related paths; build leadership, communication, and teamwork skills; and build camaraderie among international youth while fostering an appreciation for different cultures.

What I liked best about Teen Summit was meeting different people and learning about their cultures. It’s amazing how diversity is shown not only through art pieces and technology, but also in the human race. It’s unbelievable seeing how unique we all are as individuals.

Teen Summit participant

AFTER A RECENT TEEN SUMMIT, 100% of the adult staff and 91% of the youth leaders believed that Teen Summit improved their cultural and racial understanding of others, while 96% of adult staff and 91% of youth leaders believed that Teen Summit created a safe, creative space to learn and share. Both the adult staff and the youth believed that the most important part of Teen Summit was meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

Teen Summit is not possible without the contributions and support of many sponsors. Over the past ten years, many organizations and individuals have helped bring our international youth together, including: The Intel Foundation, Best Buy, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, MIT Media Lab, The Equal Footing Foundation, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, The Museum of Science, Boston, and The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or participating in the college/career fair, please contact Executive Director Gail Breslow at gbreslow@theclubhousenetwork.org or 617-318-3470.