"It was my privilege to present a workshop on entrepreneurship at Inaugural The National Youth Summit in 2015 in St. Louis, MO. The participants were engaged and their questions inspiring. Most inspiring was the level of talent and passion in the young people that attended.” Maxine Clark Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop
THE NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT – 2017 ATLANTA
The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and the US Economy: The Leadership Academy held this year on November 13th and 14th, 2017, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, is an exceptional opportunity that brings together high school student leaders from across the United States to work with leading educators, justice professionals, and economists. Participants learn to take ownership for creating educational excellence by examining the school to prison pipeline, creating models of discipline based on inherent strengths and develop innovative economic strategies not dependent upon the current system of mass incarceration.
Students will work with:
More than 20 local and national experts from universities, agencies, and business
Civil rights legends
Nationally acclaimed Keynote Speaker
The Summit, will once again bring together talented and intellectually gifted students from cities across the United States to work with leading educators, academics, and economists to examine the school to prison pipeline, create a model of discipline based on inherent strengths and develop innovative economic strategies not dependent upon the current system of mass incarceration. Students will be challenged and encouraged to pursue a resurgence of academic excellence, highly engaged educators and exceptional expectations for themselves and those that serve them.
November 12, 2017: (Optional) The Summit will open with the opportunity to tour historic sites, followed by an extraordinary opening ceremony and reception, Rise – A Movement in Four Parts: Passing the Torch at the HIstoric Ebenezer Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor.
November 13th, plenary sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with civil rights legends and keynote speakers in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
November 14th, workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Walter E. Massey Conference Center where students will have an opportunity to work with civil rights legends and national experts from across the country.
Early registration is now open. Click here to register.
- High school student leaders and college freshmen from cities throughout the US
- Workshop Facilitators – local and national experts
- Keynote Speaker
- Plenary speakers
- Guides – Student Ambassadors
- Business Mentors*
Schools and organizations are asked to select students based on intellectual capacity and leadership skills regardless of academic performance or disciplinary record. Chaperones should accompany all participants under the age of 18.
The full registration fee covers each participant’s meals as stated below, limited ground transportation to and from designated locations, books, materials and participation in all plenary sessions and workshops throughout the Summit. Early registration is strongly urged due to limited seating. Payment may be made by check payable to The Ethics Project and mailed to 40 N. Kingshighway 12F, St. Louis, MO 63108, through your school or district or on-line below. Personal checks must be received at least four weeks in advance.
Students may be substituted at any time with advance notice. Due to the size and complexities of the Summit plenary sessions and workshops, registration fees are non-refundable.
Students and chaperones are responsible for hotel accommodations. Early reservations are encouraged. Discount sites such as Expedia or Travelocity are recommended. Drury Inns provided both breakfast and evening meals in their cost.
Heavy hor de’ hoeuvres will be served at the opening reception for registered participants.
Boxed lunches will be provided Monday and Tuesday.
Dinner will be provided at a social event on Monday for all registered and paid students and chaperones. Local students interested in attending the social event may register and pay separately. Reimbursement will be made upon attendance.
Students and chaperones are encouraged to arrive in Atlanta either Saturday, November 11th or early Sunday, November 12th to tour one or more of the following
- The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violence
- Historic Ebenezer Church
- Freedom Walk
- Dr. King Birth Home
Explore – http://www.thekingcenter.org/plan-your-visit
Explore – https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/
All tours are either free or included in the registration fee.
We are now planning another extraordinary summit for Fall, 2018. Please check back for early registration.
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SUPPORTERS AND ADVISERS PAST AND PRESENT:
Senator Claire McCaskill, US Senator from Missouri (NYS 2015)
Tod Martin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Claire McCaskill (NYS 2015)
Francis G. Slay, Mayor, City of St. Louis (NYS 2015)
Charlie Dooley, Former St. Louis County Executive (NYS 2015)
Ambassador Andrew Young, Chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation
Frankie Freeman, Esq., Former Commissioner, US Commission on Civil Rights (NYS 2015)
Daniel Isom, PhD, Former Dir, Mo Dept. of Public Safety, Endowed Professor of Criminology, Former Chief of Police of the City of St. Louis
Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept. (NYS 2015)
Chief, Jon Belmar, Chief, St. Louis County Police Dept. (NYS 2015)
Kelvin Adams, Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools
Judge James Dowd, Former Chief Judge, Mo Court of Appeals (NYS 2015)
Judge Jimmie Edwards, Former Presiding Judge Juvenile Court, Founder, Innovative Concept Academy & Nat’l Judge of the Year
Judge David Mason, Presiding Judge, St. Louis City Juvenile Court
C. Jessel Strong, Immediate Past-President, St. Louis Clergy Coalition
Michael Jones, Pastor, Friendly Temple
Dr. Freddy J. Clark, Pastor, Shalom Church
Rodney Francis, Pastor, Washington Tabernacle Church & Executive Dir., Youth & Family Center
Donald Suggs, Publisher, and Executive Editor, St. Louis American Newspaper
Maxine Clark, Founder, Build-a-Bear Workshop & CEO, Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Lynn Jackson, Great great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and Founder, President, Dred & Harriett Scott Foundation
Joseph Anderson, Immediate Past-President, 100 Black Men of St. Louis
Flint Fowler, President, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
Adrian Bracy, President, St. Louis Metropolitan YWCA
Stefan Bradley, PhD., Director of African American Studies, St. Louis University
Tony Neal, Founder, and CEO, Educational Equity Consultants
Halbert Sullivan, CEO, Father Support Center
Adolphus Pruitt, President, NAACP, St. Louis Branch
The Ethics Project
Christi Griffin, Founder & President, The Ethics Project
Tony Neal, Principal Educational Equity Consultants
Leon Sharpe, Strategic Consultant, The Praxis Group
Melba Moore, St. Louis Commissioner of Health
Amber Simpson, VP Diversity National Markets, US Bank
B. Marcell Williams, Founder, Jewels, Inc.
Brandon Williams, Former NFL player, entrepreneur
Joseph Anderson, President 100 Black Men
Yaa Sarpong, 2L, Columbia University School of Law, past CORO Fellow to The Ethics Project (NYS 2015)
Morehouse College is a private, all-male, liberal arts, historically African American college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is one of the few remaining traditional men’s liberal arts colleges in the United States.
Morehouse is the largest men’s college in the United States with an enrollment of over 2,000 students. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Along with Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Medicine and nearby women’s college Spelman College, Morehouse is part of the Atlanta University Center. In 1881, both Morehouse and Spelman students were studying in the basement of Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church.
Morehouse is one of two historically African American colleges in the country to produce Rhodes Scholars, and it is the alma mater of many African-American community and civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Text taken from Wikipedia. For more information visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morehouse_College)
The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel – is the world’s most prominent religious memorial to Dr. King – was dedicated in 1978 under the presidency of Dr. Hugh Morris Gloster.
The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel is to teach excellence, ethics, equality and engagement. It is to demonstrate the interdisciplinary foundations of a learned ecumenical Christian ministry for the world; to create spiritual realization through value and virtue-centered theologically based faith, and to inspire the communitarian development of servant scholars as visionary human rights revolutionists and social gospel activists coming from a place of Gandhian nonviolence and political personalism. (Text taken from Morehouse College website. For more information visit: http://www.morehouse.edu/about-us/vision-statement.html)
The Walter E. Massey Leadership Center is a multi-use facility that serves as the primary location for leadership training and development on the Morehouse College campus. It also serves as a center for community service programs, office space for administrative and management, training and consultation in using intensive experimental strategies, including service-learning as focal points for ongoing campus, local, state, national and international leadership development and administrative space for receptions, executive board meetings, dining, banquets, lectures, and conferences. For more information visit: http://www.morehouse.edu/LCF/
The Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., opened to the public in September 1971. But its roots date back to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center. To honor Eisenhower’s vision for such a facility, one of the Kennedy Center’s theaters is named for him.
The National Cultural Center Act included four basic components: it authorized the Center’s construction, spelled out an artistic mandate to present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, specified an educational mission for the Center, and stated that the Center was to be an independent facility, self-sustaining and privately funded. As a result of this last stipulation, a mammoth fundraising campaign began immediately following the Act’s passage into law.
President John F. Kennedy was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts, and frequently steered the public discourse toward what he called “our contribution to the human spirit.” Kennedy took the lead in raising funds for the new National Cultural Center, holding special White House luncheons and receptions, appointing his wife Jacqueline and Mrs. Eisenhower as honorary co-chairwomen, and in other ways placing the prestige of his office firmly behind the endeavor. [The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts]
President Kennedy also attracted to the project the man who would become the Center’s guiding light for nearly three decades. By the time Kennedy appointed him as chairman of the Center in 1961, Roger L. Stevens had already achieved spectacular success in real estate (i.e. negotiating the sale of the Empire State Building in 1951), politics, fundraising, and the arts; as a theatrical producer, he had brought West Side Story, A Man for All Seasons, and Bus Stop to the stage. Over the next 30 years, Stevens would oversee the Center’s construction, then would shepherd it to prominence as a crucible for the best in music, dance, and theater.
Two months after President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center (designed by Edward Durell Stone) as a “living memorial” to Kennedy and authorized $23 million to help build what was now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fundraising continued at a swift pace–with much help coming from the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers, who fanned out across the nation to attract private support and nations around the world began donating funds, building materials, and artworks to assist in the project’s completion. In December 1964, President Lyndon Johnson turned the first shovelful of earth at the Center’s construction site, using the same gold-plated spade that had been used in the groundbreaking ceremonies for both the Lincoln Memorial in 1914 and the Jefferson Memorial in 1938.
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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.Howard is a leader in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation has ranked Howard as the top producer of African-American undergraduates who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees. The University also produces more minority doctoral graduates in computer science than any other university in the nation and boasts nationally ranked programs in social work, business and communication sciences and disorders. In 2013, The Washington Post named Howard “An Incubator for Cinematographers.
“The College of Medicine is internationally regarded for its illustrious legacy of training students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities at home and abroad. The College is a national leader in studying health disparities among people of color and is one of America’s top institutions for training women surgeons. The Howard University Health Sciences division includes the Howard University Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and as well as Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
For more than 140 years, the Howard University School of Law has served as an advocate for social justice and as an architect of social change. It has produced more than 4,000 social engineers including the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, noted legislators, civil rights attorneys, mayors and public officials across the United States. In 2012, the Law School was ranked among the top 20 public service schools by National Jurist magazine.
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We are very honored and excited to collaborate with Howard University and to introduce participating students to this extraordinary institution.
University of Missouri St. Louis
Deborah Burris, Director and Chief Diversity Officer Dan Isom, PhD, Endowed Professor, Department of Criminology & Director, Missouri Department of Public Safety
Finn Esbensen, PhD, Endowed Professor & Chair Department of Criminology
Elizabeth Van Um, Special Asst. to Chancellor Academics Affairs
Forrest VanNess, Chief of Police & Director Institutional Safety
The Touhill Performing Arts Center
John Cattanach, Director Touhill Performing Arts Center
Planning for The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice and the US Economy (NYS) began in August 2013, to give ownership to youth in solving increasingly entrenched problems of disparities in education, economic opportunities and the criminal justice system that broadly impinges upon the entire nation and disproportionately impacts students of color.
Thanks to the generosity of the Clark Fox Family Foundation and other generous donors, the Summit has been held at The Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, UMSL, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and Howard University. Students participate in two full days of plenary sessions and workshops on education, justice, entrepreneurship, economics, and STEM.
By engaging youth of diverse backgrounds from 50 cities across the United States, The Summit provides an unprecedented opportunity to support the progress of White House initiatives and to heighten awareness of the problems faced by students of color. With these young men and women being our next generation of leaders, the Summit will specifically explore strategies to:
Increase high school graduation rates
Lower unemployment rates
Broaden academic visions
Improve economic mobility and opportunities
Improve school discipline
Decrease crime and over-incarceration
Increase education achievement
Decrease human and socio-economic costs
Increase STEMM awareness & opportunities
Develop tools for increased communication
Diminish racial barriers
Unify law enforcement and the community
THE BLACK SILICON VALLEY
The Black Silicon Valley, LLC. (BSV) is a national technology incubator/accelerator housed in 100,000 sq.ft. state of the art technology campus in Atlanta, GA. BSV specializes in connecting and preparing historically disconnected and underserved populations for the full and equitable participation in high growth technological entrepreneurship and the emerging innovation economy. This critical work is accomplished by establishing outcome-driven partnerships with the nation’s “mainstream” economic development organizations and resource providers (i.e. incubators, accelerators, early-stage funders, foundations, government, academia, mature companies etc.), and strategically aligned (yet disconnected) ethnic minority stakeholders.
The minority stakeholders and organizations that (BSV) targets are those who maintain the necessary backgrounds and skill sets to immediately participate in emerging innovation ecosystems, but do not operate within the day-to-day traditional and longstanding mainstream innovation networks. By virtue of bringing these disconnected networks together, BSV is able to positively impact the three most critical components of any emerging innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem –deals, technology, and talent
This Economic Rights agenda will provide economic impact, wealth, job creation, technology skills training, and access to the most important industry in the world. A specific emphasis will be on youth technology training and entrepreneurship to address the significant gap in prison complex and the education/technology complex for young African Americans. Mentoring on ownership will be an asset and solution for this pressing ill as we have witnessed in Ferguson, Mo.
Dr. E. Lance McCarthy
Paul E. Hiles
FACILITATORS/SPEAKERS PAST AND PRESENT
Dr. Ivory Toldson, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor of Counseling Psychology, Howard University and Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Maxine Clark, Founder and former CEO, Build-a-Bear Corporation
Tony Neal, President, and CEO of Educational Equity Consultants
Dr. Michael Railey, Assoc. Dean, Multicultural Affairs, St. Louis University School of Medicine (NYS 2015)
Judge Jimmie Edwards, former Presiding Judge, St. Louis City Juvenile Court, National Judge of the Year, Founder Innovative Concept Academy
Kymberly Smith Jackson, former US Prosecuting Attorney, Principal, Phoenix Law Firm, Washington, DC
Terrence Roberts, Ph.D., one of The Little Rock Nine & Founder of The Little Rock Nine Foundation
The Hon. Michael Wolf, former Chief Judge, Mo Supreme Court, Dean, Saint Louis University School of Law (NYS 2015) James Forman Jr, JD., Professor of Law, Yale Law School, author, Locking Up Our Own Theron Pride, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, Office of Justice Programs, US Dept. of Justice (Obama Admin.)
Adjoa Aiyetoro, JD, Assoc. Professor of Law, Director, Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project University of Arkansas, Little Rock, School of Law (NYS 2015)
Roger Goldman, JD, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law and author, St. Louis University School of Law (NYS 2015)
Amb. Andrew Young, former US Ambassador, Atlanta Mayor and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King JrDr. Lance McCarthy: Director, Ferguson 1000 and co-founder, Black Silicon ValleyRichard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri St. Louis and author of Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community (NYS 2015)
Ben O’Dell, Assoc. Director, Ctr. for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Jade Harrell, Producer, Radio Host, and Businesswoman, Clear Channel Broadcasting
Jaylen Bledsoe, 17 yr old CEO and President of The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group technology company (NYS 2015)
b. Marcell Williams, Founder of Jewels Inc. and b. Marcell Youth Ministries
Reginald Dickson, Retired CEO, Inroads, principal investor and Fortune 500 Board member
Karon Bolden, National Youth Motivational Speaker & CEO of Street Dreamz Recording Studio Sidney Keyes III, Eleven-year-old entrepreneur and founder of Bros and Books
* Due to the demands of these outstanding speakers, their availability may change. We thank each of them for donating their time to this important work.
- Discipline through engagement
- Teaching from a business perspective
- Returning educators to education
- Undoing the school to prison pipeline
- Leadership in a college environment
- Shaping the picture of an educated America
- The Role of Faith-Based Communities
- Thinking outside the box to curb violence in schools
- Reducing prisons to reduce violence
- Flipping the channels from violence to victories
- Financial literacy from birth
- Creating safe homes to create safe schools
- Learning to Leverage Relationships
- Social media for social change
- Using STEMM to stem violence
- Prisons to prep schools
- The hard truth – When justice means Just US
- Who’s running this anyway
- Youth Violence, Facing the Challenges for Youth
- Recapturing world leadership through ethics and justice
- Undoing the pipelines to prison
- The hard truth – When justice means Just US
- Electing leaders who lead
- Drug Courts and other alternatives
- Toward a less punitive society
- The problem with privilege
- Capping pipelines to prison
- When communities thrive at the cost of others’ lives
- Strategies for justice
- Reshaping the conversation on crime and punishment
- Shaping the picture of a just and humane society
- Family Matters
- The economics of mass- incarcerations (when crime pays)
- Understanding income equality
- Violence prevention through economic empowerment
- Public health, public wealth
- The financial cost of human suffering
- Shaping a new economy
- Violence prevention through economic empowerment
- Returning to apprenticeships
- Resources for reentry
- Violence prevention through economic empowerment
- Why the rich get richer
- Beyond the minimum wage
- The Economics of Youth Violence
- Earning gaps and other inequities
- Creating income equality
- Generating growth in economically suppressed communities
SAMPLE SUMMIT FORMAT
Details of the each Summit will be updated periodically. Please check back often under the Agenda tab.
STUDENTS ARRIVE IN HOST CITY, CHECK INTO HOTEL PERSONAL TIME.
5:00 Opening ceremony and reception open to all registered participants who specifically RSVP
7:00 Comments from designated guests and speakers
8:00 Reception ends
8:15 Travel to Plenary Session
8:30 Doors open and seating begins
9:10 Plenary Session I – Opening Session, The general body will view a documentary on contributions of youth to civil rights movements and other world events created by Webster University School of Communications. Former US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, Terrence Roberts, one of The Little Rock Nine, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Lynne Jackson, the great, great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and Founder and President of The Dred and Harriet Scott Foundation will lead discussions / Q&A on the documentary that also features, The Honorable Frankie Freeman, first woman appointed to the US Commission on Civil Rights and member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars
10:00 Plenary Session II – Plenary Speaker
11:00 – Plenary Session III – Plenary Speaker
12:00 – Lunch
12:50 – Seating for afternoon plenary sessions
1:00 – Keynote address, Q & A and discussion
2:00 – Plenary Session IV – Plenary Speaker
3:00 – Plenary Session V – Plenary Speaker
3:50 – Closing remarks – Exit
5:30 – Special student social TBA
9:00 Session I Workshops
9:50 Travel to Session II Workshops
10:00 Session II Workshops
10:50 Break, snack, travel to Session III Workshops
11:00 Session III Workshops
12:00 Brief Lunch and choice of Campus Tours or Documentary Screening
1:50 Travel to Session IV Workshops
2:00 Session IV Workshops
2:50 Travel to Session V Workshops
3:00 Session V Workshops