Virtual Summit: Evening of October 6th and Full Day of October 7th

About the Event

Children Now is hosting the 2023 Summit for Student Leaders, in partnership with student-led groups, including: Generation Up, Our Turn, Ed100, California Youth Connection, The Institute for Youth in Policy, California Association of Student Councils (CASC), and California Forward. The Summit is an evolution of Ed100’s Academy for Student Leaders.

The goal of this 1.5-day online summit is to support the development and engagement of well-informed student leaders and strengthen student voice’s impact on policy. The conference will feature key sessions on safe school climates, environmentalism and sustainability, gender equity, racial justice, education equity, demystifying changemaking and creating career pathways.

The program will also support stronger connections amongst student leaders and deepen their ability to collectively make a difference in California together.

Frequently Asked Questions

This 1.5-day Summit is an opportunity for student leaders across the state to gain a better understanding of the policymaking process around education issues to support their advocacy, as well as an opportunity to create connections with other student leaders, mentors, and policymakers.

For too long, student voice in public policymaking has been marginalized and under-valued, exemplified by patronizing phrases like “leaders of tomorrow.” Students are today’s leaders, and their voices and lived experiences should play a major role in policy development and implementation at the school, district, and state level.

The goal of the Summit is to support the development and engagement of well-informed student leaders, so student voices have a stronger impact on policy change.

The Summit will be held virtually over 1.5 days over October 6 and 7, 2023. We will be hosting a pre-conference event on Friday October 6th from 5-8pm PST, with a full program to follow on Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10am-5pm PST.

Student leaders ages 13 and up, who have an interest in or are already engaged with policy advocacy in their local communities and beyond are encouraged to attend. We plan to partner with student leaders and representatives around the state to create an impactful Summit.

How can I help?

We are currently looking for student volunteers. If you’re interested in joining our recruitment team, please fill out the volunteer form.

Supporting the Summit for Student Leaders is an opportunity to be recognized as a champion of student leadership in California. Fill out our sponsorship form here to contribute to our conference. 

Special thanks to our sponsors: