The Youth Leadership Summit is a weeklong intensive leadership training where youth delegates (ages 15-20) envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals; and begin creating action plans for sustainable projects. The Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for youth to grow as individuals and as leaders.
It begins with a Sustainable Vineyard Tour of innovative projects, programs and organizations on the Island.
Youth delegates also participate in an Educational Eco-Tourism Adventure to experience the Vineyard’s waters.Read about the 2010 Summit | Generation Green Gathers for Summit
During a trip to the beach during the 2010 Youth Leadership Summit, the youth learned about the importance of a healthy global ocean ecosystem. In solidarity with 900 communities world wide, the youth demonstrated their commitment to a sustainable future.
Faculty includes Vineyard sustainable leaders and seasoned youth leaders from the Institute’s other island youth leadership initiatives.
In the morning, youth listen to presentations on sustainability efforts on the Vineyard and in other communities. In the afternoons, they work on individual projects focused on sustainable initiatives on the island or their personal goals.
Youth delegates also produce a video during the Summit for their Leave-A-Legacy Project.
Last year they created the first Sustainable Vineyard Map in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. They then presented it at the Walter Cronkite Awards Ceremony, to Senator Kerry and Governor Patrick’s staff, and on ABC-TV’s City Line.
Vineyard youth attend the Youth Leadership Summit at no charge.College Field Trips, Cultural Health Project and Job Shadow Day. Leadership Development Opportunities include MVYLI’s Business Internship and being representatives to the Cape Cod & Islands Youth Congress, the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council, the Cape & Islands Youth Summit and the Bioneers By the Bay Conference. To ensure our long-term impact on the island, we build partnerships with nominators from schools and/or non-profit organizations.