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 Workshop proposals are requested for the 2013 Youth Summit

Dates—Friday, August 9, 2013 & Saturday, August 10, 2013

Location—University of Michigan - Flint

Application Deadline—August 2, 2013


About the “Reality Check” Youth Summit — Youth leaders, caring adults, and concerned youth across Flint and Genesee County are seeking presenters for the 1st Annual City-Wide Youth Summit. This event is organized by local youth leaders with support from two major organizations (Community Action and Neighborhoods Without Borders) and provides the opportunity for development of leadership skills, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors. The theme for this year’s summit is, “Reality Check – Stand Up or Sit Down.”   

The aim of the summit is to educate and inform participants of some best practices and assist them in devising strategies that will assist students in overcoming challenges and obstacles which may interfere with their overall success. The 2-day event includes educational breakout sessions on Friday, and a party for Summit participants on Saturday.  Youth are the voice in this process, the driving force for identifying and implementing solutions to address safety, health, education, and hope for the future. Assisted by a collaboration of community organizations and adult volunteers, the goal is to help develop leadership and coping skills, positive attitudes, and hope for the future.  This event will offer youth some approaches and avenues to address and solve problems relevant to themselves as well as their communities, and to become advocates of change. 

The youth have identified a number of Community Partners who they feel are positive resources and have information beneficial to their overall success.  Your organization has been identified by youth as one of those valuable assets.  Breakout sessions are expected to be approximately 45-minutes in length and we anticipate roughly 25 – 30 youth in each breakout group.  Please confirm your attendance by Friday, August 2, 2013 for the 2013 Youth Summit, scheduled for August 9, 2013 from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  In addition, either by using the online application process or by email (to tganges@umflint.edu) please submit an abstract and outline of your session.  Please indicate in the online form any multi-media, audio-visual or computer equipment that you will require.

Breakout Sessions:

·      Presentation should clearly address one of the summit topics and have clearly defined objectives.

·      The session content must be presented on a level in which the youth can understand.

·      The presentation must address a critical issue related to youth empowerment.

·      The information provided should provide practical solutions/options for youth and relate to issues in their schools and communities.


Who Will Attend — There will be approximately 250-300 youth expected at the Summit. Each breakout will consist of roughly 25 – 30 youth.  Please plan your schedule accordingly as sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon. Presentations may be made up to four (4) times in a combination of morning and afternoon blocks of 45-minutes. (See the schedule below.).

Topics — Including but not limited to: Bullying, Relationship Violence, Safety, HIV-AIDS, College Institutions, Employment Opportunities, Entrepreneurship, Grief Counseling, Mental Health, Enhanced Workouts (Health/Fitness/Nutrition), Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Body Image, Anger Management (Coping Skills), Positive Youth Programs and Community Resources and Activities for Youth.

Thank You,





1.      Presentation abstract—describe the information to be presented

2.      Presentation description for printed program

3.      Expected tangible skills and/or outcomes for the attendees

4.      Bio for each presenter



1.      Specific expertise in the subject/content area

2.      Previous training experience with youth and adults

3.      Resume, and any other relevant information

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