Important information regarding the status of our 2020 Summer Conference Training Series below.
Due to the ongoing public health concerns, Youth to Youth has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Summer Conference Series.
Youth to Youth’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of your students our staff and volunteers. We are a prevention program with the main goal of promoting healthy decision making in our community and beyond. Accordingly, we must take action to help protect students, staff, volunteers and community from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This decision is especially difficult because there are so many students and volunteers that look forward to and cherish the time spent at Youth to Youth conferences each summer. Our conferences are considered the starting point for many youth organizations and coalitions, a time where youth find their voice and themselves, a place where young people can be free of judgement and fears and a point of learning and growth from the youngest student to the oldest adult in attendance.
This is an unprecedented decision being made in a very uncertain time, but it is one that is made with each and every student, volunteer and staff member in mind. While we too are saddened by this news, we cannot ignore the physical, emotional or financial challenges that many are facing. We must do our part now so that all of us have many more Youth to Youth summer conferences to look forward to.
In the coming weeks we will be actively engaging our staff to develop ideas on how we can find alternate ways to deliver positive prevention and leadership programming to you over the next few months. Though we may not be having conferences, our mission does not change. We know now, more than ever is a time where connection, leadership, motivation and inspiration are needed, and we hope to provide that through various events, training, workshops and presentations in the coming months.
We are also interested in hearing from adults who volunteer or bring students to our conferences. We know our summer conferences serve as a catalyst to your year-round programs and we still want to find ways to support you and help give you that kick-start to a very important school year. Please click here to provide your input.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our team.
The Youth to Youth Staff