What is a Youth Summit?
By GCF Corps Member Sadiqua Minor
On June 15, 2016 Green City Force had its very First Youth Summit. “What is a Youth Summit?” is probably what you’re wondering. Well a Youth Summit is a focused gathering of students and cooperating educators and mentors, brought together to address current preservation challenges. However a Youth Summit Green City Force style is designed to celebrate leadership through service. To acknowledge the entire GCF family. To expose the young adults to jobs. To lead them towards a successful future.
The Youth Summit gave everyone a chance to have their voices heard on the global issues we encounter, accomplishments, future goals, their dreams, their thoughts, and more. It gave GCF’s Corps Members a chance to showcase their multiple talents. They played instruments such as the drum. They danced and rapped. One of them even recited spoken word. They are extremely talented.
There were a host of guest speakers, such as the Co-Founder of Growth Squared and GCF board member Chris Chafe, the Chair of New York City Housing Authority Shola Olatoye, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Bonee Jung, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Zoning and Franchises Donovan Richards, among others.
There were Powerful speeches delivered from GCF Alumni, giving the members of this cohort the desire to push forth. New members were united with the old to come together and collectively think about how a service year should look. From speed networking to “walk-the-talk”, this was truly a special moment to be apart of.
In my opinion it was more than a Youth Summit. I like to look at it more like a family reunion, because Green City Force is bigger than an organization, we are a family.
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