3rd Annual Youth Summit
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Date(s) - 10/26/2020
8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Albany Capital Center

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The Northeastern Community Action Partnership (NECAP) is hosting another FREE Youth Summit! We will have more details about the event in the next few months or so but will have two key-note speakers, live performance, hype sessions, networking opportunities & panel discussion that will all focus on substance abuse, addiction & recovery, 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.

Youth Summit 2020 Keynote speakers:

Joseph Green

Through motivational speaking, workshop facilitation, and professional spoken word, Joseph Green speaks candidly about his personal battles with substance use to show people the power they have to affect change in themselves and in their community. His speaking and poetry events help those from young students to older professionals explore universal themes of self-reflection and personal experience. After attending theatre school, Joseph worked for several years as a professional actor traveling to over 30 states and performing for 100,000 youths. Combined with his experience as an award-winning spoken word artist – ranked 16th in the world at the Individual Poetry Slam – his training allows him to seamlessly switch between narrative, poetry, and monologue to create a deeply moving presentation that helps others talk about the issues they’re facing.

Joseph has more than 20 years of experiences an arts educator. He’s toured more than 200 schools and theatres with the country’s largest in-school touring company, Theatre IV. He co-founded poetryN.O.W., an after-school creative writing, and mentorship program with a curriculum of over 90 full-length workshops, over 200 writing prompts, and a performance workshop series. Joseph also co-founded and leads Hyper Bole, the largest individual poetry slam for high school students on the east coast.

Joseph has also worked with teachers to create curriculum that engages young people through the lens of people they admire – whether that’s a civil rights hero or a hip-hop artist. He brought his passion for youth development and leadership skills to the Mentor Foundation USA’s Mentoring in Schools program, where he helped connect schools with mentors across the country. In 2013, Joseph led a project called More Than a Statistic where students came through his workshops to create original transformative poetry about the effects substance use had on their personal lives – performing twice at the White House for both the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of Education.

Nadine Mackovech

Nadine Machkovech is on a mission to change the world by igniting change and shining her light in a universe often filled with darkness. She has graced the TEDx stage, was profiled in Forbes and received national survivor advocate recognition from the National Safety Council.    She is dedicated to building a life centered around self-care, service, and reconnecting others to their greater purpose in life. With her motivational and inspirational style of storytelling, Nadine has the unique ability to empower, embolden, and authentically connect with any audience. She is a nationally sought-after, master-level speaker with over 1,500 hours of teaching under her belt. She has created measurable social change with her truth-telling abilities, often leaving her audience feeling positively influenced as she reminds them that they have the choice to utilize their power to help change their world and the worlds of those around them.

Nadine is the Vice President of RISE TOGETHER, a grassroots non-profit organization that exists to prevent addiction by encouraging young people to use their voice for change. Since September 2013, RISE TOGETHER’s life-saving work has been recognized by the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy and has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio including NPR, PBS, ABC, USA Today, Huffington Post, NBC, and Forbes. Nadine has found her purpose in an ever-growing platform for good. She carries this responsibility with a great amount of passion in hopes that these efforts will help others aspire toward the achievement of their future visions and life-long goals.

Youth Summit Presenters: Troy Drug-Free Community Coalition’s Dream Team Hype Sessions

Troy Drug Free Community Coalition (Troy DFCC)  promotes a vision of a healthier, safer, more prosperous Troy by implementing evidence-based prevention strategies that are proven to reduce youth substance use; and whereas, the youth committee, known as the DREAM (Drug Resistance Education And More) Team, works to prevent substance abuse among Middle and High School Students; and whereas, DREAM Team members have been recognized by other organizations for their service to the community and the fact that they promote positive engagement opportunities for youth by youth; and whereas, the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition believes that “good things happen when the community comes together”; the City Council hereby thanks the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition for the many positive programs they put on for the youth of Troy, New York, and for building community in the Collar City.

Live Performance by Will Foley

Will is a singer/songwriter from upstate NY. Strumming your heart strings with a genuine and sincere style reminiscent of Edwin McCain, Darius Rucker and Jon Bon Jovi. Lyrics about the human condition and simple arrangements make it easy to listen to his style of music. A severe mental health crisis forced the momentum to come to a grinding halt. Will stopped performing all together, disappeared from the music scene and tried to gather the pieces of a man in disrepair. “I couldn’t think about music. I couldn’t listen to music. During those dark times I heard my failure in every chord. I felt despair in every word.” The need for a creative outlet and the nagging feeling of purpose once again opened up the guitar case. Will is performing regularly and has started to record new music. Will is co-producing new music with Steve Russ of Notovy Productions. Will just re-issued his original self-titled EP. Hear Will Foley and Timothy Patrick on Above Ground Podcast talk about mental illness, music and life. Because you can’t serve below, be Well, be Safe, be Above…Will is also a board member of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Capital Region, NY

Youth Summit Panelists:

Brianna Gower  of FTNYS  Youth Power!

Brianna is a hardworking young professional with first-hand experience developing self-advocacy skills as a young person with a disability and experience in the mental health system. Dedicated to amplifying youth voice across the state, she works hard to spread messages of hope and resiliency to those around her. She began her time with YOUTH POWER! serving as a mentor for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program and after graduating in 2014 from Sage College of Albany, she began working as YOUTH POWER!’s Youth Engagement Consultant. During this time she led the E3: Engage, Educate, Employ initiative in partnership with the NYS Department of Labor. As this initiative came to a close, she then began her work with the NYS Success initiative, ensuring our system of care is youth-guided. As her role in YOUTH POWER! grew and developed, she then went on to serve as the Social Marketing and Events Coordinator, working closely with YP! members, partners, and other stakeholders. Leveraging her years of experience growing through different roles in the youth peer profession and gaining critical expertise in mentoring, youth peer advocacy, program/event coordination, social marketing, and providing trainings and technical assistance, she is excited to serve as the Director of YOUTH POWER! in this new era of leadership.

Lindsay Falkner (Youth Voices Matter, Inc.- Columbia County)

Lindsay Faulkner is a young person in recovery from substances and mental health and is a supporter and ally of the recovery movement. Lindsay leads group discussions and is the liason between the Youth Recovery Program Specialist in my region and the YVM-Columbia County group. Lindsay is heavily connected to youth and young adults in the community because of my position as a Youth Clubhouse Counselor and dance instructor in Columbia-Greene counties.  She is an empathic person who strives to share my passion for recovery with others through my role as an Area Coordinator and through sharing her own personal story.

More panelists TBA soon!

Video Coverage from our 2nd Annual Youth Summit hosted on October 21, 2019. Video credit: Ashley Perretta from the Mohonasen High School Media Arts Program


This is pre-registration for our 3rd Annual Youth Summit. ***In comment section below please leave your name, phone number, email, your agency/school name and location, as well as how many guests you would like to have attend our event. You will be receiving an email to fill out a formal registration form that will need to be filled out by you and sent back to tgjergji@theacca.net to confirm your registration to attend our event.