Dear High School Students:

The 2014 Long Island Youth Summit will take place on FridayApril 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 Long Island's youth.

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 LIYS website, go to the Hold My Spot 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 attached Focus Questions 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 Topic – 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.

  6. 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/PhotographyPhotography 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.

  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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

  10. Each high school can send up to twenty (20) student projects to the LIYS Selection Committee for review. If your project is chosen by the LIYS Selection Committee, we will contact you directly and notify your teacher and your high school principal.
  11. And finally, the Youth Summit! On Friday, April 4, 2014, student finalists will meet at Dowling College for the Summit, which will run from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees at no cost. Students will participate in workshops throughout the day with experts in the fields of medicine, business, government, environment, education, and civic activism in order to discuss solutions to various issues on Long Island. Toward the end of the day, group participants will present the outcomes of their workshops.

We hope you will consider submitting a project to the Long Island Youth Summit.

We look forward to meeting you on April 4th, 2014 at the Summit!

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