2nd Annual Youth Summit
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Date(s) - 10/21/2019
8:15 am - 2:00 pm

Albany Capital Center

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We are very excited to announce this year’s Youth Summit and open up the registration portal for Capital District’s middle & high schools. The Northeastern Community Action Partnership (NECAP) is sponsoring another FREE Youth Summit!  We will have three key-note speakers that will focus on substance abuse, addiction & recovery and distracted driving, mental health advocacy, and the importance of making healthy choices.

All middle and high schools are encouraged to send a team of students (student leaders and/or at risk populations),  counselor(s) and/or administrators to the summit.  All students can benefit from this coming together event to strengthen sense of belonging in community, resiliency, and coping strategies!

We will have lunch for our guests, interactive networking sessions, resource tables, energizers, performances & more! Summit is held at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, NY and registration opens day of at 8:00am and closing ceremony is at 1:30-2pm.

NECAP’s Youth Summit’s goal is to engage and empower youth in the Capital District with resources and support services. We want to empower our audience and reassure them that they are not alone in the struggles of growing up in a society that is faced with peer pressure, substance use and abuse, as well as providing an impactful message in regards to resiliency and who they can turn to for support services.

Keynote Speakers:

Jacy Good– Jacy Good and Steve Johnson are nationally recognized public speakers and advocates for cell-free roads. Since Jacy’s miraculous recovery from the 2008 crash, caused by a distracted driver, that claimed the lives of both her parents and left her partially paralyzed, her and Steve (her husband) have worked tirelessly to educate the country about the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. #handupanddrive 

Download their app!! “Not All Technology Is Dangerous In Your Vehicle!” They tested several of the Apps on the market and settled on LifeSaver as their clear favorite. Its designers are a pair of fathers of young drivers looking to make a difference. Click photo to learn more!

“The presentation was powerful. The teen’s response to it was even more so. In nearly 30 years of youth work, I do not recall a time when I was in a room with 700 teenagers who sat so silently, so respectfully, so actively listening to a stranger who stood before them. I know they were paying attention. They laughed when appropriate. They cried as they felt their pain.”Shelley Schweitzer, Director of Congregational Support National Federation of Tempel Youth (NFTY)


Carleen Wray– Carleen Wray is the manager of the Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club program at Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Sandy Hook Promise’s mission is to prevent youth violence and victimization by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. Click photo to learn more!

Know the SignsDo you know what to look for when a friend or classmate might be thinking about harming themselves or others? Do you know what to do when you see those signs?  How do you help someone that is socially isolated at your school?  Through Sandy Hook Promise’s Knows the Signs Programs, you will learn what to do in all of these situations and make a difference in your school and someone’s life. You can bring these programs to your school and take an active role in educating, empowering, and engaging your peers to help prevent violence. Join students from across the country in registering a Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club and implementing Start With Hello and Say Something! 


David Flood–David’s narrative as a youth speaker comes first hand; he grew up impacted by addiction in his family; he married and became a father of two children, his oldest is a special needs son; he is active in his church; he is a hospice volunteer who visits with terminally ill patients; and is on the board of K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc. a non-profit organization which helps special needs children through sports and other activities.  David attends meetings and participates in activities with The Anti-Bias Consortium Nassau County Schools. He is a member of The Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force in Long Island, NY.

David’s life teaches him every day about dignity, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and most of all unconditional love.  As a youth motivational speaker David has spoken in 36 states and Canada to over 350,000 students, inspiring them to look at people and things in a different way.  His Facebook videos have received over 80 million views. He speaks with passion and conviction and through his humility, leaves his audience with so much to think about in their formative years as they move into their future. Click photo to learn more!

“David Flood from Top Youth Speakers is incredible! He is funny, engaging, compassionate, and brilliant! He knew exactly how to connect with our students and certainly left his mark! He gave us important take-away points that we will never forget and have already implemented here at our school!”  –Kelsie S., Aaron School, NYC

Flashback  from our 1st Youth Summit in 2018:

EMAIL TGJERGJI@THEACCA.NET TO FORMALLY REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT! BOOKING ONLINE IS TEMPORARY RESERVING YOUR SPOT- NEED TO REGISTER TO ATTEND. Please feel free to contact NECAP’s program coordinator, Tatiana Gjergji  518-465-5829 ext. 413 with any questions!