The Summit is ON for Saturday, despite Thursday's weather!

Pre-registration has closed for the Summit, but we will accept walk-ins on Saturday. Please fill out this sign-up form so we know to expect you (we'll also send you last-minute information at the end of this week). Email us with any questions!

The New England Youth Identity Summit brings together high school students and educators from public and private schools across New England to connect and learn from each other, to challenge their own ideas and perspectives, and to discover how the world values and needs their participation.

Who are you? What matters to you? What do you believe and why? What life experiences and passions do you have? Bring your curiosity to the Summit and create new connections with your peers from across New England and beyond!

Our full-day program for high school students will feature inspiring speakers, student-led workshops, dialogue sessions, and performances designed to build connections within and across communities!

 Admission is free and lunch is provided
(registration required)

Saturday, April 6, 2024
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Waynflete School
360 Spring Street
Portland, Maine

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This year's theme:

Does your school group need a lift to the Summit?

Educators—thanks to programming support from M&T Bank, we are able to offer a limited number of transportation grants for schools in need. Email if you need financial assistance to bring your student group to the Summit!

Meet our 2024 keynote speaker: Weatherspoon!

Weatherspoon is a writer and poet from Cleveland, Ohio. They are responsible for the bestselling titles To, Too Many Children and Love Is The Future, The Future Is The End. They have performed at places such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and University Hospitals. They have also written poetry for opera music composed by Jessica Meyer and Jasmine Barnes performed by the Cleveland Orchestra in locations across the US including Severance Hall. Through that work, they have also had the honor of working with 22nd United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Williams and the Bismuth String Quartet in Philadelphia. Weatherspoon is deeply committed to the power of language and using it as a form of creation and resistance.

...and our special guest performer: Veeva Banga!

Veeva Banga is a South Sudanese native who's been living in Portland, Maine since 2005. Her dance journey began at the age of 6, participating in traditional Zande dance in the South Sudanese community. She was immersed into dance locally by being selected to join Casco Bay Movers and PATHS while in high school where she studied hip hop, modern, and ballet. After graduation, Veeva returned to her roots and started practicing various forms of African dance. She has been awarded two artist residencies with Indigo Arts Alliance and the Rebel Grant fund for her “Dance For A Nonprofit” work. Veeva is passionate about sharing her cultural dance with others, and her mix of styles in Afro Beats offers a unique approach to dance education and the communal dance experience.

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