The Annual Youth Summit
Online Registration for the 17th Annual Youth Summit will open in June, 2024!
The Annual Youth Summit
The Annual Youth Summit is a place for young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 30 from communities across the state of Florida to come together to learn, share, and network. This two-day event is hosted by The Florida Youth Council (FYC), a group of youth and emerging leaders with disabilities who have a passion for encouraging leadership and advocacy among their peers. The FYC is all about youth empowerment and youth involvement, and the entire Annual Youth Summit is planned by youth, for youth!
The 15th Annual Youth Summit brought together over 230 youth and emerging leaders to attend engaging youth-only sessions on a wide variety of topics, including transition, workplace preparedness, and post-secondary schooling. We also had a great, youth-friendly keynote and fun social activities at The Summit, including a dance party to cap off the festivities. There were plenty of opportunities for attendees to network, and share their thoughts, experiences, and aspirations.
The 16th Annual Youth Summit was held at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando August 4-5, 2022.
If you attended this year’s Summit, you can let us know what you thought by completing a short survey here.
You can view the full event program here.
The Annual Florida Youth Summit began with a simple idea.
Why not bring together youth and emerging leaders with disabilities for a two day event where they could network, learn, and have fun? The Annual Youth Summit would provide a unique environment where this could take place. Like our parent organization, The Family Cafe, The Florida Youth Council has always believed that well-informed people make the best possible decisions for themselves. Our Annual Youth Summit provides the opportunity to put that principle into action.
In essence, our summit is a smaller version of The Family Cafe’s annual conference but it is geared strictly for youth. We strongly believe this and because of this we do not allow the attendee’s parent/guardian to attend Summit events/activities. However, there is one parent session and they are welcome to sit in the opening keynote. Otherwise, it is for youth, planed, and put on by youth. The Summit includes two keynote speakers, icebreakers, a movie night, lunch on Saturday, three rounds of informational breakout sessions on a variety of subject matters, and a dance party!
The Florida Youth Summit is held on the first weekend of August every year in Orlando, Florida. Registration for The Summit is always free and furthermore, attendees are able to apply for financial assistance to offset the cost of attending. Registration is OPEN.