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Youth Summit 2019: Friday, April 5 for students; Saturday, April 6 for parents, educators and community

During the course of this important event, hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, students and subject-matter experts will explore the issues that significantly impact our youth, families, schools and communities.

Event content and planning is being guided by a highly-engaged group of high school students from across New Hampshire.

Event dates and location

Topics of discussion

The following topics will be explored on both days:

  • Academic pressures
  • Addiction
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Community Support
  • Eating Disorders
  • Race and Gender Equality
  • School Violence
  • Self Harm
  • Sexuality, Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Using Social Media for Good

Event goals

  • Identify and implement "best practices" to support students in their schools and communities.
  • Draft recommendations for policy changes at the state and local levels.
  • Identify opportunities for coordination of services, both public and private, to reduce duplication of efforts.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
  • Identify opportunities to share existing resources in schools and communities.
  • Create a "Youth Summit Commission" for one year followed by a white paper for student champions to share at the state and federal levels.

Agenda

  • Friday, April 5
  • Saturday, April 6

"Knowledge, Empowerment, Understanding"

Registration for sessions on Friday, April 5 is limited to invited students. Walk-ins will not be accommodated due to limited space.

The program on Day 1 will be built by youth, for youth, with guidance from the event planning team. Dartmouth-Hitchcock conducted youth focus groups to determine which topics are most relevant for students to explore.

Each public and private high school in New Hampshire will be contacted by the New Hampshire Department of Education, School Boards Association, School Administrators Association, Association of School Principals and NEA-NH to select four student ambassadors and an adult mentor to attend the event.

Over the course of the day, students will drive the discussion, with adult experts on hand to assist and introduce resources as needed. Special VIP keynote speakers will be part of the program to engage and inspire the audience.

Day 1 will conclude with a Film and Writing Festival and awards ceremony, hosted by Magnify Voices and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Visit the Magnify Voices Film & Writing Contest website for detailed information, including film submission instructions.

Schedule

8:30 am to 9:15 am

Registration and breakfast; World Café open

9:15 to 10:15 am

Discussion Huddles 1: Mental Health Issues

Students will select one of the following topics:

  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm/Suicide/Depression

10:15 to 10:25 am

Break

10:25 to 11:35 am

Discussion Huddles 2: Sex, Gender and Race Issues

Students will select one of the following topics:

  • Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Race and Gender Equality

11:35 to 11:45 am

Break

11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Discussion Huddles 3: Interactions

Students will select one of the following topics:

  • School Violence
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Academic Pressures

12:45 to 1:30 pm

Lunch break with World Café; report outs

1:30 to 2:15 pm

Using Social Media for Good

2:15 to 2:40 pm

VIP Keynote Speaker (to be announced)

2:40 to 3:00 pm

World Café

3:00 pm

Day 1 formal program ends

3:00 to 5:30 pm

Film and Writing Festival and Awards Reception, hosted by Magnify Voices and Dartmouth-Hitchcock

VIP Emcee to be announced

"They’re Talking, Are We Listening?"

On Day 2 of the Summit, some students who attended Day 1 will help facilitate the sessions along with a content expert. Perspectives shared by students on Day 1 will be incorporated into the program. Parents, educators, school administrators, policy makers and community leaders are welcome to register for this event.

If you wish to share details about this event to encourage participation in Day 2, please download our Youth Summit 2019 informational flier (PDF).

Registration is required.

Register to attend Day 2 of the Youth Summit

Schedule

8:30 to 9:30 am

Registration and breakfast

9:30 to 10:30 am

Panel 1: Mental Health Issues

Topics will include:

  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm/Suicide/Depression

10:30 to 11:30 am

Panel 2: Sex, Gender and Race Issues

Topics will include:

  • Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Race and Gender Equality

11:30 am to 12:15 pm

VIP Keynote Speaker (to be announced) and lunch

12:15 to 1:15 pm

Panel 3: Interactions

Topics will include:

  • School Violence
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Academic Pressures

1:15 to 1:30 pm

Closing remarks

1:30 to 2:00 pm

World Café: resources for youth and communities

Accommodations

A reserved block of rooms at the adjacent Grappone Marriott is available for anyone wishing to stay overnight during the event. To reserve a room, please contact Karen Borgstrom at (603) 653-1927 or email Karen.J.Borgstrom@hitchcock.org.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the Youth Summit, please call or email:

Karen J. Borgstrom
Director, External Affairs, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
(603) 653-1927
Karen.J.Borgstrom@hitchcock.org

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