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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 2015 Long Island Youth Summit (LIYS). The Summit will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015, 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 climate change; issues of economic growth and employment; issues of growing inequality on Long Island, and socio-medical issues such as high school bullying and the effects of social networking; teens and the abuse of prescription medication; and teen mental health, self-esteem, and wellbeing. The special topic for the 2015 LIYS is Leadership.

There is no cost to submit projects or attend the Summit on April 17th, 2015. 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.

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 www.dowling.edu/youthsummit. Your efforts in promoting student involvement in the 2015 Long Island Youth Summit are greatly appreciated.

Information about the 2015 Summit is posted on the Summit's webpage at www.dowling.edu/youthsummit. Or, students can go to www.dowling.edu and click on the 2015 Long Island Youth Summit button.

In order to participate in the Summit, students must select an issue of interest to them, research that issue using the focus questions provided or their own research sources, and submit an original 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 “Instructions for High School Students” link on the LIYS home webpage. Art/photography projects should include a brief written explanation of what a student artist wanted to accomplish.

Student projects must be received by the LIYS Selection Committee at Dowling College no later than Monday, March 16, 2015. 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 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.

We expect to select approximately three hundred student finalists who will be invited to attend the Summit. Students selected to participate in the Summit as finalists will attend the Summit conference on April 17, 2015.  The conference will include workshops with top experts in topic fields which student chose to research.

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 2015 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 the participants may be featured in exhibits at Dowling College as well as various media outlets on Long Island.

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 (rogersn@dowling.edu), or call us at 631-244-3116. We look forward to seeing you and your students on April 17, 2015!

Sincerely,


Clyde I. Payne, Ed.D.
2015 LIYS Co-Chair
Dean of Students
Dowling College

Nathalia Rogers, Ph.D.
2015 LIYS Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, American Communities Institute
Dowling College

Elana Zolfo, Ed.D. 2015 LIYS Co-Chair Professor of Business Dowling College