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 2018 will take place July 31-August 5 at Boston University, featuring a college and career fair, collaborative cross-cultural activities, and many other opportunities for educational, career, and personal growth. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Stand Up, Speak Out, Change The World!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-318-3470.