Youth
Summit

APRIL 13, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

Take charge of your education.
A student planned and student led Summit.

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Inspire and Be Inspired

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Students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble to hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high energy challenges that inspire entrepreneurial problem solving.

 

Showcases

Creative students show off their projects at interactive booths.

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Workshops

Workshops provide special access to Keynote speakers and local entrepreneurs.

Challenges

Students present their innovative solutions for building businesses, launching organizations, and strengthening community.

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Student Planned. Student Led.

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Local high school students actively engage entrepreneurial skills through a multi-month design process facilitated by Tom Tom and the student-founded ReinventED Lab.

 

Keynotes

Leading youth innovators and civic leaders share their stories about how they started and their lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will join the Youth Summit for a second year.

In 2016, he signed HB 1230, a bill that encourages youth entrepreneurship by protecting student intellectual property rights at Virginia Universities.

Keynotes

Merrit Jones,
Director of Partnerships,
Student Voice

Founded Student Space, a nonprofit that helps South Carolina students join conversations and decisions affecting their education

Zaakir Tameez,
Director of Strategic Development,
ReinventED Lab

Co-created Houston Independent School District School Congress, and co-authored amicus brief in Texas Supreme Court on school finance and equity case

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PJ Harris,
Cofounder,
Totem

Cofounded mobile and web software tool that transforms how organizations engage their networks, linking causes, businesses, and community members 

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Erin Henshaw,
Co-Founder,
The Mind Body Project

International start-up consultant specializing in corporate culture, digital marketing and community building. Erin founded The Mind Body Project in Beijing in 2015 to bring mindfulness to REAL people.

Eileen Chen,
Director of Content Development,
Student Voice

Produces and co-hosts the podcast Students of America, where student experience and audio drives conversation on education policy, and promotes information on the Student Bill of Rights

Zak Malamed,
Founder,
Student Voice

Zak joined XQ to support its student strategy after serving as the founder and executive director of Student Voice, a national student-led nonprofit dedicated to elevating student voices and supporting them as partners in improving education

Roya Makki,
Co-Owner,
The Pigeon Hole

Graduated from UVA in 2013; while in school she loved brunch at The Pigeon Hole, and now as of 2015, she co-owns it. In the fall of 2016, she expanded her business by opening The Hole.

Alex Williams,
Co-Founder,
Aquillous Tutoring

2nd year university student with previous entrepreneurship experiences involving bitcoin, education, and apps. Currently working on a tutoring company focused on making tutoring more accessible for high school students.

Kane Thomas,
Co-Founder,
Aquillous Tutoring

2nd year at the University of Virginia studying CS and Economics. Co-founder of an SAT/ACT tutoring company with a focus on social impact.

Facilitators

Michelle Ball,
UVA Career Center

Aditya Narayan,
ReinventED Lab

Audrey Francis,
ReinventED Lab

Kristen Chiacchia,
Second Street Gallery

Andy Page,
HackCville

Melissa Wu,
ReinventED Lab

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Alyssa Dizon, Managing Dir.
HackCville

Director of a student-led non-profit for UVA students providing self-directed, experiential education around entrepreneurship

Daniel Willson

Daniel Willson, Founder
The Pioneer

Founder of a student-led media education program for UVA students that complements HackCville’s programming

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Emmanuel Abebrese, Founder
Citadel Foundation for Kids

Founder of an NGO in his native Ghana and a 501(c)3 charity in the U.S., which together aim to alleviate child poverty worldwide

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