Youth2Youth 2019 Summit — Creating space for youth voice & choice

August 23, 2019

The first PA Day of the school year will be a busy, productive, engaging day for local youth. United Way Hastings & Prince Edward’s Youth2Youth Summit will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at the Mohawk Community Centre from 8:30am-4:00pm. Youth ages 14-24 must be registered to attend.

Register today at: Eventbrite.com—Youth2Youth Summit

This free, one-day event aims to connect youth from all over North Hastings, Central Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, as well as Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga Territory. Keynote speaker Phil Kerr, a local entrepreneur who will be providing a youth-focused presentation on overcoming adversities and taking action. Phil is a cancer survivor and champion adaptive sports expert.

“We are so thrilled to be working with local youth to plan this event around topics that they have identified as priorities for young people in our community. United Way has been a perfect natural fit for this group as we’ve been able to facilitate introductions to community leaders and experts who will be engaging with the youth around specific topics at the summit. The youth have tasked facilitators in the development of 8 different workshops that are being created specifically for the summit. We are all looking forward to a summit that will educate, inspire, and mobilize our local youth.” – Jodi Cooper, Director of Community Impact UWHPE

Throughout the day, youth and allies will have the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops that provide them with a variety of transferable skills and awareness. During these workshops, youth will be able to network with community experts and professionals and add their name to a topic list that will make up Youth2Youth working groups following the summit. The day will end with a live Q&A with the panel of experts, including Phil and the workshop facilitators, in order to engage the youth in some broader discussions. Lunch and snacks will be provided, along with a ton of free swag!

“Being involved in the 2017 Youth2Youth Summit was a remarkable experience and showed me ways that I can be more involved within my school and community. And it has been not only a great learning experience but so much fun to work alongside so many amazing youth to help plan the 2019 Youth2Youth Summit. I highly encourage students to attend the event, for me it has opened up many opportunities and taught me so much. Everyone who comes should look forward to a great day full of fun.” -Maddy Davis, 17, Summit Planning Committee Member.

The goal of the summit is to create positive movements within our communities and encourage youth leadership. Based on the conversations that took place with over 150 youth at the 2017 summit, the group will be providing youth with an experience that they can learn from and build skills in to apply to their personal lives and elsewhere in the community. Youth who attend will receive community hours and a certificate that can be put right into their portfolios! There will be a photobooth for professional LinkedIn photos and a snapchat filter will be available to showcase their involvement in the event!

This free event is funded by various stakeholders, such as Canada Service Corps, Government of Canada, Laidlaw, City of Belleville, City of Quinte West, Municipality of Tweed, Hastings County, Prince Edward County and Bell.

For further information please visit our website at unitedwayhpe.ca/youth-2-youth/ or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @Youth2YouthHPE — or call Melissa at 613-962-9531

About Phil Kerr—Twisted Mounty Canadian Handmade Apparel
Twisted Mounty first started in 2004 as a group of 5 friends who grew up together riding snowboards, skateboards, dirt bikes, wakeboards, whatever they could get some speed and air on. At age 14 after being paralyzed due to cancer on the spine, Phil found himself on the sidelines wondering how to stay involved in all the sports he used to love to do. That’s when they “borrowed” some red ink and a silkscreen from art class. Phil is quoted as saying “I thought let’s start our own clothing brand/team and sponsor athletes. We went to Walmart and purchased some blank white t-shirts. After coming up with the logo, we made it into a stencil and printed our first 12 t-shirts in my parent’s garage. The next day we brought them to school and sold out. From there Twisted Mounty started. We continued selling t-shirts and stickers out of our lockers. Since I have taken on the company and travelling to public schools, high school, colleges and university motivating students to be there best and live life to the fullest while sharing my story.” Thanks to those who purchase his wares, people are not only looking fresh but for every item sold 10% goes to WE BE US community helping give back to homeless shelters across the country and helping others get involved in adaptive sports.

About United Way Hastings & Prince Edward
United Way Hastings & Prince Edward provides leadership in a collaborative manner with our Funded Agencies and others to increase the capacity of our community to respond to human services needs. We support 1 in 4 people in our local community through the 45 agencies and over 65 programs we support.