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Hundreds of youth leaders gather for summit this weekend

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Monday, October 2, 2023   

Several hundred high school and college students are gathering online for the first annual Student Leadership Summit this weekend, hosted by the nonprofit Children Now. It starts Friday night and features a full schedule of presentations and discussions on Saturday.

Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, explained the importance of engaging young people.

"Students are not just tomorrow's leaders, they're today's leaders," Lempert contended. "We need to hear their voice, especially on issues of gun violence, mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline, education equity, and climate justice. And so this summit will help support our student leaders in playing an even greater role in pushing for needed change."

The event is open to students ages 13 to 22, as well as adults who are interested in elevating youth voices. Multiple student groups are leading the event, including GENup, Our Turn, Ed100, The Institute for Youth in Policy, the California Association of Student Councils, Black Students United of California, It's Her Right, and California Forward.

You do not have to be a part of those groups to attend; sign up at ChildrenNow.org.

Lempert noted the event is an evolution of Ed100's Academy for Student Leaders, which was held over the last several years.

"Student leaders will not only be able to connect more with each other but also get information and hear from speakers to help them in their advocacy going forward," Lempert pointed out.

Students will learn about the policymaking process and make connections with other student leaders, mentors, and policymakers. California is home to more than 573,000 high school students and more than 2.5 million college students.

Disclosure: Children Now/Kids Count contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues and Youth Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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