Letters of Support
The Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development inspires, educates and empowers young people (ages 15-18) to take initiative in their lives and on their island. In this weeklong intensive leadership training youth delegates envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals. The Summit begins with a Sustainable Vineyard Tour to learn first-hand about blue projects on the Island. They meet in professional work groups with college youth and begin developing 5-year plans for their lives. They also identify and develop action plans for sustainability projects to help their Island. Our faculty: The Institute’s Train-the-Trainer Youth Empowerment Model features youth graduates from previous Summits. They are especially invested in passing along Dr. King’s legacy of “Each one, teach one” – that creates a powerful multiplier effect for future generations.
Please think about young people who have the potential to be leaders: Imagine if they could have this experience! Together we can prepare a new generation of leaders for the island and world.
Outcomes of The Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership Summit
- Youth receive educational tools/training to develop a can-do spirit and make-it-happen initiative in their lives.
- Youth are exposed to inspiring youth leaders who’ve overcome obstacles and changed their lives, their world
- Youth learn about best practices and innovative models to address sustainable issues on their island
- Youth learn to develop action plans; troubleshoot challenges, prepare presentations, strategies to engage other
- Youth learn to make effective presentations: verbally, written, artistically and through video and social media
- Youth are empowered to be representatives of sustainability issues and projects affecting their islands
MVYLI is a project of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, 501c3 non-profit organization founded on Martha’s Vineyard in 1997. All programs are free to Vineyard youth. MVYLI’s programs require a commitment from youth and their nominator. Parental support is invaluable in ensuring their success in MVYLI’s program.
MVYLI 5 Year Report: http://www.mvyli.org/5-year-report