With Faurecia’s generous sponsorship and additional community partner support, we are hosting our 2nd annual Youth Empowerment Summit to spark community conversation about
The Power of Belonging - Building a Supportive Community for Positive Youth Development.

Youth Empowerment Summit 2019

Join us for a thoughtful discussion focused on ensuring all young people in Bartholomew County have the opportunity to thrive.

We believe tweens, teens, young adults, and those who care, serve, and support them would benefit from attending these free public events. Do you have to be a parent to attend? Absolutely not, there are many in our community that support youth through civic and faith-based organizations without being a caregiver.

Summit Theme:  ‘power of belonging’

Cutting edge research in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion by the Haas Institute have led many in the youth development field to embrace the importance of cultivating belonging to achieve transformative change. According to Krys Burnette, editor of 21st Century Organizational Development, “Belonging is the outcome of holding space where everyone truly feels empowered to speak up, make change, and shift the culture.” 

In line with CYD’s efforts to integrate the Developmental Assets® framework and our collective vision, we believe that belonging is an essential and fundamental right we aspire every resident to feel if we hope to ensure a community where all youth and families are reaching their full potential.

Do Bartholomew County youth feel a sense of belonging in their homes, schools, and community? We believe now is the time to ask, listen, and work together so that every child, teen, and young adult confidently responds, “Yes, I belong.”

Read more: Council for Youth Development plans second youth summit - The Republic


September 14 - 21, 2019 will be an active week filled with school assemblies and free community events supporting positive youth identity, family engagement, and youth empowerment.

Click on the individual events below for more details.


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Advocates For Children
Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Bartholomew County Public Library
Columbus Area Arts Council
Columbus Parks and Recreation
Exhibit Columbus

Foundation For Youth
Human Rights Commission
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Latino Education Grou
Su Casa