Youth SUMMIT Newsletter
December 2019 Volume 20, Issue 2
SUMMIT: Students Uniting to Make Meaningful Influences Together
Wednesday, Jan. 22nd 2020 at 8am
910 Woodrow Road
2020 Event Registration:
· $25 Early Registration, includes lunch: January 10
· $30 Late Registration, includes lunch: January 15
· $35 On-Site Registration does not include lunch
9:00-9:30- Keynote Speaker
9:30-10:00- Break & Exhibits
10:00-10:30- Breakout Session 1
11:45-12:30- Keynote Speaker
12:45-1:15- Breakout Session 2
1:20-1:50- Breakout Session 3
2:00-2:30- Keynote Speaker
20th Anniversary: How it all Started
20th Anniversary: How It All Started
In 2001 a group of students from Lamesa High School, in cooperation with Region 17 Education Service Center, created a youth summit to address issues of substance use in their area. Knowing that Lamesa was not alone in facing the problem, the goal was to create a coalition among schools in their area so problems and solutions concerning this issue might be shared. Each school in the ESC Region was invited. The project was called Project SUMMIT, Students Uniting to Make Meaningful Influences Together. The workshops held at the summit were suitable for all ages. The effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on the unborn child were presented and keynote speakers highlighted the event. Students were also visited by the “Grinch,” and learned ways to teach young children how to say no to alcohol. After the initial SUMMIT, students and advisors from the six area schools who attended the conference joined the effort to carry out SUMMIT 2002. A student committee was established. Students from Lubbock-Cooper, with faculty advisor Debby Tabor, chaired the event. Students wrote a mission statement and an informal advisory committee was established. Seven schools joined the effort to carry out SUMMIT 2003. Shallowater students chaired the event with the guidance of their advisor Cindy Couch. A professional advisory committee and a student planning committee were established. Attendance tripled in size compared to the initial SUMMIT. Because of tremendous growth, SUMMIT was located at the Lubbock Civic Center for many years. However, Lubbock-Cooper High School has become the new home of the event in recent years. Now in its 20th year, SUMMIT, a vision from the beginning, has become a reality. SUMMIT has now become SUMMIT (Students Uniting To Make Meaningful Influences Together), Inc. It has a Board of Directors and an Adult Advisory Committee in addition to the Student Planning Committee. Students continue to plan and carry out SUMMIT each year and are now celebrating 20 years of SUMMIT!
The Karen Slay SUMMIT Scholarship
Karen passed away in February 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Karen Slay SUMMIT Scholarship will allow her legacy and dedication to education to continue while supporting SUMMIT participants in reaching their goals.
Youth SUMMIT T-Shirts 2020
Shirts are available for a cost of $20.00 each.
Schools will be required to pay for shirts separate from Youth Summit Registration. A google form to pre-order shirts will be sent in an email with the newsletter.
If pre-ordering shirts please bring a check payable to Youth Summit, Inc.
Pre-order deadline: December 20, 2019
Shirts will be available for purchase the day of the SUMMIT. They will accept cash, check or credit card.
ALL proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to a the Karen Slay SUMMIT scholarship to benefit SUMMIT participants.
Kyle will be returning for the 20th Anniversary SUMMIT as our morning keynote speaker. Kyle’s high energy, musical talents, and overall awesomeness will be on display as he shares about his SUMMIT experiences and how he has used the skills and knowledge from his high school days in his career, with his family, and while serving his community. He’s excited to return and see how his part in creating SUMMIT has grown into what it is today.
Vanessa Silvas didn’t have an easy life growing up. This fact is probably what makes her such an amazing teacher; she has an empathy that many other educators simply don’t have because they haven’t lived the life of many of their students. This empathy is part of why Vanessa was recognized as the 2019 AVID Teacher of the Year.
Vanessa, another charter SUMMIT team member, will be returning as our afternoon keynote speaker. After working in the private sector for years, she changed her professional path and became a teacher. She now helps her own students escape through education. Vanessa looks forward to sharing the lessons she’s learned twenty years after helping to organize the very first SUMMIT.
Go Down Fighting
In Plain Sight
Presence on Social Media
Fight the Right Way: Conflict Resolution
Vaping: Be a Jewl, Don't Juul
2020 SUMMIT Registration FAQS
Q: When and where is the 2020 SUMMIT?
The 2020 SUMMIT will take place at Lubbock-Cooper High School on Wednesday, January 22. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first keynote beginning at 9:00 am.
Q: When is the deadline to register for the 2020 SUMMIT and what does it cost?
There are three deadlines to register for this event. Early registration, including lunch is $25 and the deadline is January 10th. Late registration, including lunch is $30 and the deadline is January 15th. On-site registration does not include lunch and is $35.
Q: What do I get when I register for SUMMIT?
Every participant who attends the event will get a day full of information from various speakers on many topics related to drug and alcohol use and abuse, violence, bullying, kindness. and other topics related to teens. Every session has been planned by fellow high school students and can be shared with students at your school. All participants who register by the late registration deadline will also be provided with lunch.
Q: What are we having for lunch?
SUMMIT will be catered by River Smith’s with a menu including chicken and catfish.
Q: How do I register?
Complete the registration form included in the email with this newsletter or found on the SUMMIT website and return to Nancy Patterson at Seminole High School.
Q: How many students can each school bring?
Each school is allowed to bring 45 people to summit, including advisors. This number does not include administrators and bus drivers.
Q: Where can I find information on the web?