Youth Power Summit to be Hosted in Ithaca!

On Saturday April 9, students and youth from every background across Central
 New York will converge in Ithaca for the largest regional gathering of 
young people uniting for clean energy, local food, and social justice 
in our schools and communities.   The event will be held from 10am-5pm at the Holiday Inn in downtown Ithaca.  Registration is now open!

Register at:

The youth Power summit will empower youth to:

  • Stand together with young leaders from all backgrounds calling for bold action on clean energy, local food, and social justice
  • Get inspired by youth-led efforts that are changing schools and communities across the region
  • Share stories and collaborate with youth leaders, educators, and youth supporters
  • Get plugged in to emerging campaigns and programs that are making an impact

The workshops being planned  include: Energy Efficiency/Building Science; Local Food; Hydro-Fracking; Developing School energy efficiency Action Plans; Leadership Training; Political/Community Organizing; How to Work with Local Governments; Educator curricular support; Social Justice/Race+Class+Gender; Non-Violent Communication; and logistics for those attending the nationalPower Shift summit April 15-18, 2011.

The event will also serve as a local send-off for the Finger Lakes Delegation to the national Powershift 2011 conference in Washington DC on April 15th-18th in Washington DC.  Hundreds of youth from Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3, Wells College, and area high schools will attend the 3-day national youth conference.

The idea for a local youth power summit came grew out of a youth energy gathering convened by CCE-Tompkins staff on January 27th.  Almost 40 people from 21 groups, schools and programs came together to discuss current youth energy efforts and brainstorm ways groups can collaborate In the future.  The dialogue focused on three core topics in hopes to bring individual efforts into an effective collaborative movement: curriculum, workforce development, and planning a youth power summit.

Look for next month's newsletter for more information on the Power Summit and other youth energy initiatives. Interested in joining the conversation?  E-mail Shawn Lindabury at to learn more.