AYPF Youth Summit

AYPF Youth Summit
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We invite you—and especially the young people you know—to attend our AYPF Youth Summit this August! This engaging, interactive, and fun three-part virtual event (Aug. 3, 17 and 31) will amplify youth voices and celebrate the power of young people to create change.

Come to hear about policies directly affecting young people’s lives, their perspectives on those policies, and opportunities for young people to get involved in reforms! The next session is August 17 from 7:30-9 pm ET.

At the Youth Summit, we will hear from young leaders and their allies. Participants will learn about successes and challenges faced by young people leading reforms and explore how we can break down barriers and create opportunities to improve youth outcomes. Thought leaders, youth advocates, practitioners, and policymakers are also invited to listen, learn, and join us in amplifying youth voices.


With the belief that those closest to the problem have a unique understanding of solutions, AYPF is partnering with young people to provide insights from their experiences to help shape policies and programs that directly impact their lives. For lawmakers to create policies that reflect the strengths and realities of our young people and achieve positive outcomes—especially including the goals they have for themselves and their communities—youths’ voices must be at the center of the policymaking process.

3-part Youth Summit Sessions

August 17 – 7:30-9 pm ET

“Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline”

In the second session, you’ll hear from: 

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker in a video made especially for the Summit’s youth participants! As a policymaker, he will address young people on their power to create change and how much youth voice matters.


Kenvin Lacayo PhotoKenvin Lacayo – forceful young leader advocating for education equity




Photo of Chaz CarmonChaz Carmon – leader of an influential and crucial group of credible messengers who are supporting students and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline in Connecticut



Photo of Kristin HenningKristin Henning – dynamic lawyer and advocate for youth whose work is centered around race, adolescence, and policing




Photo of West ResendesWest Resendes – fierce advocate and attorney focused on reducing the role, power, presence, and responsibilities of police in schools and communities



Our speakers will share their insights about policy reforms to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and research-backed solutions like providing students with mental health supports.

Exclusively for Young People:

  • Following the panel discussions at each session, breakout rooms will provide an opportunity for young people to share their interests, explore how we can transform systems and policies to better serve them and their communities, and network.
  • In addition, youth participants will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards at each session – just for attending!

The third session of the Youth Summit will highlight needs for employment policy reforms. More information on this session coming soon!

Next Steps

If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved, the Youth Summit is for you!

  • REGISTER NOW! (You only need to register once to attend all three sessions.)
  • And bring a friend—reach out via phone, email, and social media to share the event with your friends, family, colleagues, and youth you serve! It’s a great way to start to make a difference while spending time together virtually!
  • FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: Can’t make it? Or want to get involved in policy reform? Please consider applying to join our Youth Council by completing this quick and easy form.

We look forward to seeing you!



The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.