Dear Fellow Educator:

Please join us in developing a new generation of Long Island leaders!

We would like to invite you and your students to participate in the 2014 Long Island Youth Summit (LIYS). The Summit will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Campus of Dowling College. The Summit is designed to engage high school students in an exploration of important current socio-economic, 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 topics will include environmental issues such as renewable energy, protection of water, and open space; issues of economic growth and employment; race, class, education, and the economy on Long Island; issues of housing and transportation; and socio-medical issues such as high school bullying and the effects of social networking; and teens and the abuse of prescription medications.

We ask that you tell your students about the LIYS, and encourage them to pursue this unique opportunity. Please direct them to the Summit website at Your efforts in promoting student involvement in the 2014 Long Island Youth Summit are greatly appreciated.

Information about the 2014 Summit is posted on the Summit's webpage at Or, students can go to and click on the 2014 Long Island Youth Summit button.

In order to participate in the Summit, students must identify an issue of interest to them, research that issue using the focus questions provided, and produce a project. Students' research will prepare them to participate in the Summit.

Project options include: an essay; a short video or film; or, an art or photography portfolio. Students may collaborate in groups of up to ten (10) on a single project. Specific project requirements are outlined in the "Dear Students" letter (copy enclosed) on the website. Art/photography projects should include a brief written explanation of the project statement.

All Long Island high schools may forward up to twenty (20) student projects which they have determined to be their best. These projects must be received by the LIYS Selection Committee at Dowling College no later than Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Essays can be submitted via the website or, as with all other projects, they can be mailed or delivered to: LIYS Selection Committee; Provost's Office, Room 226, Fortunoff Hall, Dowling College; 150 Idle Hour Boulevard, Oakdale NY 11769.

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 expect to select approximately three hundred student finalists who will be invited to attend the Summit. Students selected to participate in the Summit will receive a Certificate of Participation for the 2014 LIYS, a $500 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate is awarded to finalists, a $2,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate for topic or category winners, and a $5,000 Dowling College scholarship eligibility certificate for the 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.

There is no cost to submit projects or attend the Summit on April 4th, 2014. Students should be accompanied to the Summit by a school representative who will be present throughout the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees at no charge.

If you have questions about the Summit at any time, we would like to hear from you. You can send your questions via the website ("Contact Us"), through e-mail (, or call us at 631-244-3116. We look forward to seeing you and your students on March 14th, 2014!

Clyde I. Payne, Ed.D.
2014 LIYS Co-Chair
Dean of Students
Dowling College

Nathalia Rogers, Ph.D.
2014 LIYS Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, American Communities Institute
Dowling College

Elana Zolfo, Ed.D. 2014 LIYS Co-Chair Professor of Business Dowling College