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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018
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BERKELEY COLLEGE HOSTS 2018 NEW YORK YOUTH SUMMIT:
More than 160 High School Students and Industry Professionals Discuss
Students shared their dreams, attended workshops and conducted presentations about “Making the World a Better Place,” during the 2018 New York Youth Summit, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on April 20, 2018. More than 160 students from public and private high schools in the New York metropolitan area attended the event, which included a day of interactive workshops with experts in the fields of medicine, the environment, business, the economy, and leadership. The program concluded with an awards ceremony that recognized students for their efforts and project submissions on these topics.
“Berkeley College believes in supporting opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, for individuals to learn and grow – both personally and professionally – as they write their own life stories of success,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “The talented high school students here today are truly tomorrow’s leaders, and we’re counting on them to make a positive difference in your communities.”
Grit and Perseverance
Keynote speaker Yves Duroseau, MD, MPH, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health, told the students about how having “grit” has helped him to persevere. He addressed the self-doubt that often is faced by high school students and highlighted ways for the students to overcome these obstacles.
“Very often people get caught up in the whole mythology of talent – that people who accomplish things must be very smart,” Dr. Yves said. “Sometimes we do not get to where we want because we think, ‘Maybe I’m not that talented,’ but that is not the truth. What really, really matters is effort. Effort counts twice.”
Photo Caption: Yves Duroseau, MD, MPH, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health, speaks about the importance of grit and perseverance during the 2018 New York Youth Summit, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.
Following the keynote address, the students heard from faculty and alumni from Berkeley College and professionals from Northwell Health, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Columbia University and New York University. The students, who came from high schools across Long Island, worked together to develop solutions for issues including bullying, substance abuse, climate change, and inequality.
Twenty students received awards for their project submissions as part of a research competition.
An Eye-Opening Experience
“It was eye-opening to see all of the other students and their motivation to make a difference. It proved to me that the future starts with us,” said Jordyn Piacenti, who won “Best Overall Project for 2018” for her essay, “Sibling Influence on Marijuana and Alcohol Use in Teenagers.”
Ms. Piacenti, a senior at East Islip High School Medical and Health Technology Career Academy, hopes to one day be a pharmacist. Her award-winning scientific essay included results from a survey she conducted of 100 10th- and 12th-graders in her high school. Her prize included a ticket from Southwest Airlines to travel anywhere in the world.
“Teenagers have to first dream about their futures, so being on a college campus like Berkeley College feeds their dreams,” said Lisa Neri, a teacher at East Islip High School Medical and Health Technology Career Academy, who also is a member of the New York Youth Summit Committee.
“It’s nice to see what success looks like for students from diverse school districts, and that the students have an opportunity to interact with each other and share their dreams,” Ms. Neri added.
Photo Caption: Jordyn Piacenti, a senior at East Islip High School Medical and Health Technology Career Academy, won “Best Overall Project for 2018” for her essay, “Sibling Influence on Marijuana and Alcohol Use in Teenagers” during the 2018 New York Youth Summit, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.
“The Youth Summit helps students further their engagement with causes that matter to them, and introduces them to a broad group of professionals they can stay connected with as they prepare for college and their future careers,” said Elana Zolfo, EdD, Dean, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®, and New York Youth Summit Co-chair.
“The idea of the Summit is to bring talented students together and to expose them to topics that are very important that may not be covered in a high school curriculum,” said Nathalia Rogers, New York Youth Summit Co-chair. “It is the pinnacle of a year-round educational program to address issues that students have researched and developed in preparation for the Summit.”
About the New York Youth Summit
The New York Youth Summit, founded in 2009, is a year-round educational program for high school students. It is a partnership between high schools, Northwell Health, Berkeley College, and a number of other public and private organizations.
The primary sponsor of the Summit was Northwell Health, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, New York State’s largest healthcare provider. Other sponsors included National Grid, Southwest Airlines, New York Surf, Vision Long Island, Richie Kessel and Joy Squires.
About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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