The 5th Annual Long Island Youth Summit
will take place on April 4, 2014 at Dowling College.

The Summit will bring together over 300 talented high school students for a day of interactive workshops with experts in the fields of medicine, government, business and the economy, environmental preservation, community and non-profit activism, and education. The Summit offers students a unique opportunity to represent their high school and the youth of Long Island.

The Summit is designed to engage high school students in an exploration of important current socio-medical, environmental and socio-medical issues. The Summit is a partnership among a number of Long Island organizations that include Dowling College, North Shore LIJ Health System, Vision Long Island, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment, among many others.

Summit participants will be chosen by the LIYS Selection Committee based on the quality of their projects. Students selected to participate in the Summit will receive a Certificate of Participation in the 2014 LIYS; a $500 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate is awarded for finalists; a $2,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate for topic or category winners; and a $5,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate for an overall Summit winner. In addition, Summit winners will be eligible for a limited number of paid internships at the North Shore LIJ Health System and other participating organizations. The essays, video/film and art/photography projects of the participants may be featured in exhibits at Dowling College as well as various media outlets on Long Island.

You will find everything you need to participate in the Summit at

  1. On the website, go to the Hold My Spot link and complete the registration information. This above referenced step informs us that you are interested in participating.
  2. Next, go to the Issues on Long Island section. Each issue heading (for example, Race, Class, Education and Economy) has Focus Questions and E-links that are readily accessible by double-clicking the heading. For issues with subtopics (e.g., Environmental Issues), you should double-click on the subtopic for the Focus Questions and E-links.
  3. Decide which issue or issues you find most interesting. You can also choose one or more subtopic(s). The issues and subtopics are:
    (1) Socio-Medical Issues – Subtopics: Bullying, Cyber Bullying and Social Networking; Teens and the Abuse of Prescription Medications;
    (2) Environmental Issues – Subtopics: Renewable Energy; Protection of Water; Preservation of Open Space;
    (3) Community Issues – Subtopics: Living on Long Island: Economic Development, Community and Housing; Race, Class, Education and the Economy on Long Island.
    (4) Special Issue – The Impact of Hurricane Sandy
  4. Using the Focus Questions, start to research the issue or subtopic(s) you've chosen by using the links provided under each Focus Question. The links and websites are helpful resources, although your project is not limited to these links and websites. We encourage you to explore a topic in more depth. Please incorporate original ideas and solutions in your project.
  5. You should obtain a good understanding of the issue(s) as a result of your research. Next you must decide on a particular project to implement that will address the issue topic or subtopic(s) and focus questions you've chosen.

    These are the specific project requirements:

    Essay Project - Essays should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Essays must be one or two students' original work.

    Art/Photography - Photography projects should include no more than a total of 20 images. Use of photo enhancement programs is permitted. Photographic prints must be provided and should be at least 4"x6". A photography project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students on one project), but must be students' own product. Art projects should include no more than 20 images, whether drawings, paintings, etc. An art project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students on one project), but must be students' own product.

    Video/Film Project - Video/Film projects should be no more than 12 minutes long in final form. A video/film project can be the work of more than one student (up to 10 students), but must be the students' own product.

    Submitted projects will be evaluated on the basis of five rubrics: (1) how many topic issue questions have been answered?; (2) how well (in depth) a selected topic is covered; (3) is there an original research and/or a creative contribution to a project?; (4) have students presented their own ideas about the future of Long Island and/or solutions to the issues?; (5) the quality of presentation and the quality of content integration.
  6. Complete your project. If you have questions about the essay or other projects, you may speak with your teacher or send an email to Dr. Nathalia Rogers at  You can also click on the Contact Us link on the LIYS webpage, type in your question, email address, and hit "Send." If you prefer to speak with someone at the LIYS about your project, please call us at (631) 244-3116.
  7. Submit your completed project An essay project can be submitted to your high school (to your teacher or person designated at your school to receive LIYS projects), or you can submit it directly online by clicking on High School Students at the top of the LIYS webpage, and then Submit My Project. Please be sure to provide your contact information. Only essays can be submitted online. All non-essay projects should be delivered to: LIYS Selection Committee; Provost's Office, Fortunoff Hall, Room 226; Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Boulevard; Oakdale, NY 11769.

All projects must be received by the Selection Committee by no later than Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Please use the e-links provided for summit topics to do research for your project.

We look forward to receiving your project!

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