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2019 Raleigh Youth Summit

The 2019 Raleigh Youth Summit was held on September 28 2019 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

The RALEIGH YOUTH SUMMIT is a collaborative, youth-inspired partnership between the City of Raleigh and the community designed to encourage, educate, and empower our YOUth through meaningful engagement as a way of connecting their present with our shared future.  #wehearYOUth

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

TIME: 9 a.m. –  6 p.m.

LOCATION: NCSU McKimmon Center

1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606

COST: Free of charge (Pre-registration required)

DATE:        Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

TIME:         9 a.m. –  6 p.m.

LOCATION: NCSU McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606

COST:         Free of charge (Pre-registration required)

AGES:         13-18

Registration is Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in the Raleigh Youth Summit. This registration link is officially closed. We have reached our maximum capacity for this event.


  • Break-out sessions
  • Nationally recognized speakers and presenters
  • Lunch
  • Information about education and career opportunities
  • Give-aways
  • Dance Party featuring DJ Brian Dawson


  • Provide a voice for our YOUth in City government
  • Provide a voice for our YOUth through meaningful engagement opportunities
  • Develop future leaders who have a valued voice in community and city affairs
  • Inspire by connecting our YOUth with employment and education opportunities
  • Engage our YOUth in conversations about issues affecting their daily lives
  • Connect YOUth with their peers and local YOUth-serving programs

Confirmed Presenters

Shawn Blanchard - Bestselling author, speaker, and mentorship specialist, Shawn Blanchard co-founded a successful mentoring program, led a math department to the top 5 percent in New York City, and helped start a fitness movement that helped hundreds of people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Mr. Blanchard wrote a best-selling book, “How ‘Bout that for a Crack Baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success,” and founded University of Moguls Publishing and Design, where he offers publishing and design services to aspiring authors.

bestselling author,

speaker, and mentorship specialist.Bestselling author,speaker, and mentorship specialist, Shawn Blanchard is the co-founder of a successful mentoring program, leader of a math department to the top 5 percent in New York City, as well as started a fitness movement that helped hundreds of people to adopt healthier lifestyles. As the City of Detroit’s Director of Youth Services, he launched a citywide elementary-age soccer league and led the “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent” youth employment initiative, which provided nearly 5,600 jobs to area youth.

Edward Garnes, Jr. - Award-winning writer, activist, counselor, and basketball coach, Atlanta native Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is the founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, a community-based organization uniquely focused on cultural productions that bridge generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip-hop community.

Christian Gray – Founder/CEO, DIVERSE (Dedicated Individuals who Value Education, Relationships, Success, and Effort), a community-based organization dedicated to developing leaders of society on and off the court.

Sharlene Provilus - As an inspirational speaker, spoken word artist and social entrepreneur, Shalene Provilus' passion for community engagement, advocacy and youth development has given her the opportunity to lead workshop presentations, keynote addresses and spoken word performances with thousands of people on platforms relating to business, art, and faith. 

Lindsey Wrege - As the CEO of 321 Coffee, a nonprofit pop-up coffee shop that is staffed by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Lindsey Wrege seeks to highlight the uniqueness of those with IDD and create an environment where the community can engage with and learn from them. 

Gab Smith - Step into the galleries at CAM Raleigh, and the first thing you’ll be struck by is the expansiveness of the space. As large as it is, it can barely contain the excitement executive director Gab Smith has about the future of art in Raleigh.

Eleanor Hawthorne - As the Social Media Manager for the City of Raleigh, Eleanor Hawthorne utilizes marketing, branding, and social media have  to turn her personal passion for connecting people into a professional path. She has worked in environments from tech start-ups and small business to government, and she is constantly invigorated by the creative process of developing concepts for a client or product and seeing that concept come to life. 

Ilina Ewen - Former Chief of Staff for the First Lady of North Carolina, Ilina Ewen uses her voice to bring awareness to issues related to the well-being of children, politics, and public education. She has served as North Carolina's representative to Parenting magazine's Mom Congress, a United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Statewide Champion, social media ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and currently serves on many boards. She lends her time and talent to the boards of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and VAE, as well as the advisory committee for the Green Chair Project. 

KidzNotes – engages students pre-K through12th grade in an intense out-of-school musical program that includes instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. The KidzNotes’ All Stars String Trio will perform during workshop changes. The organization will set up an Instrument Zoo Information Booth display area.

Youth Summit Out and About

Talk with our Youth Summit Ambassadors to get more information, ask questions, get free stuff, and pose in front of our Youth Summit Step & Repeat wall at these upcoming events:

  • SunFest at Dix Park, Sat., July 13
  • Food Truck Rodeo, Sun., Aug. 4, Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
  • African American Cultural Festival, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Fayetteville Street Mall, Downtown Raleigh

Our Sponsors

Delta Dental

Delta Dental

The Youth Summit is being sponsored by the generous donors below:

Gold sponsor:

City of Raleigh

Community sponsors:

Delta Dental
Shaw University



City of Raleigh

Lead Department: