Dear High School Students:
The 7th Annual Long Island Youth Summit will take place on April 8, 2016 in Oakdale, NY.
The Summit will bring together over 300 talented high school students for a day of interactive workshops with
experts in the fields of medicine, environment, business and the economy, and leadership. The Summit offers
students a unique opportunity to represent their high school and the youth of Long Island.
The participation in this program is free for high school students and teachers; there are no costs involved in
Summit participants will be chosen by the LIYS Selection Committee based on the quality of their projects.
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.
We encourage additional research and original contributions by students. Original art and video
projects can relate to topics but we do not expect these to contain answers to all topic questions.
Creative exploration of a topic by students is highly valued by the Selection Committee.
Students selected as finalists to participate in the Summit conference on April 8, 2016 will attend workshops with
top experts in environmental, socio-medical, and socio-economic fields. Students who will be selected as topic
category winners will be offered opportunities to take a paid internship with the North Shore LIJ Health System
and with other Summit sponsor organizations. All student finalists will also receive a Certificate of Participation in
the 2016 LIYS; and $500 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate awarded to finalists. Topic category
winners will receive a $2,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate; and an overall Summit winner will
be awarded $5,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate. The essays, video/film and art/photography
projects of participants may be featured in exhibits at Dowling College as well as various media outlets on Long
You will find everything you need to participate in the Summit at
- 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.
- Next, go to the Issues on Long Island section. Each issue heading (for example, Socio-Medical Issue 1:
Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Social Networking) 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.
Decide which issue or issues you find most interesting. You can also choose one or more subtopic(s). The
issues and subtopics are:
Socio-Medical Issues – Subtopics:
Bullying, Cyber Bullying and Social Networking;
Teens and the Abuse of Prescription Medications;
Teen Mental Health, Self Esteem, and Well Being;
Environmental Issues – Subtopics: The Issue of Solid Waste; Renewable Energy;
Protection of Water;
and The Future of LI:Climate Change;
(3) Community Issues – Subtopics: Living on Long Island: Economic Development, Housing, Transportation,
and Community; Inequality on Long Island: Race, Class, Education and the Economy.
(4) Special Issue – Leadership.
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.
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
These are the specific project requirements:
- Essays should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Essays must be one or two students'
- 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 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'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 LIYS Selection Committee by
no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
We look forward to receiving your project!
Each high school can send up to forty (40) student projectsto the LIYS Selection Committee for review. If your
project is chosen by the LIYS Selection Committee, we will either contact you directly and/or notify your teacher
and your high school principal.
And finally, the Youth Summit!On Friday, April 8, 2016, student finalists will meet at Dowling College for the
Summit, which will run from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees at no cost.
Students will participate in workshops throughout the first half of the day lead by experts in the fields of medicine,
environment, and business and government. The conference will close with an Award session where category
winners and an overall top winner of the Summit will be announced. A student must attend the Summit in order
to receive a category winner award.
We look forward to meeting you on April 8th, 2016 at the Summit!