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The Intrepid Museum Youth Summit is a FREE virtual conference that invites students to join the Museum for a day of inspiration and action. Participants will hear from highly motivated teens who have created or worked on projects that address issues or problems that they may see in their daily lives, whether locally (neighborhood, borough, or city), nationally or globally.

The Intrepid Museum's Youth Summit Aspires to:

  • Provide an environment that promotes conversation, development and engagement for New York City youth to address the issues that matter to them.
  • Increase confidence in teens and youth to make change in their communities.
  • Engage cultural institutions, academia and industry leaders in conversation and support for teens and youth.

To present at the Intrepid Museum’s 2021 Virtual Youth Summit, please contact:

Registration for the Youth Summit will open on February 1, 2021.

Check out highlights from our first-ever Youth Summit in 2020

Learn about the topics that were presented at the 2020 Virtual Youth Summit!

ASAP's Advocates' Campaign for Culturally-Competent Mental Health Services in NYC Schools
Intrepid Museum GOALS for Girls program alumna, Sophie Xu, calls for responsibly addressing and raising awareness for Asian Pacific American youths’ mental health. Sophie is a student at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.

Journeys into Education and Careers in Technology
Cyber security professional, Melissa Paniccioli moderates our discussion where college students and college graduates, as well as emerging professionals, provide insights into the education needed to succeed in technology fields. Melissa works as a program manager within the Cyber security project management office at BNY Mellon. Panelists are students or alumni of Queens College, Smith College and Carnegie Mellon University. This session is also joined by Rishabh Java, founder of MindRealm.

School to Prison Pipeline, No Taxation without Representation and Algorithms of Oppression Youth Toolkit
Students from the Museum’s Youth Leadership Institute present their findings from their social advocacy projects on the school to prison pipeline and no taxation without representation. Mica Le John, CEO and cofounder of 2SWIM, introduces the book Algorithms of Oppression and highlights the accompanying youth toolkit that delves more deeply into the book.

Retrospective Reporter's Notebook In The Time of Coronavirus
Intrepid Museum GOALS for Girls programming alumna, Dynahlee Padilla, provides an inside guide to the reporting and publication process, and how to modify pitches during this climate/crisis. Dynahlee is a 2019 graduate from SUNY New Paltz and had interned at ABC, MSNBC and is currently a freelance writer.

Journeys in Medicine and Biomedical Research
Intrepid Museum GOALS for Girls alumna and Columbia University graduate, Audrey Lee, moderates our discussion where panelists share their college experiences and journeys focusing on medicine and biomedical research. Panelists are students or alumni of Smith College, Hunter College and Columbia University. Audrey is currently a MBPC student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and received her BS in biomedical engineering from Columbia University.


Q Is the Youth Summit Free?
A Yes.
Q What should I wear?
A We know that a virtual setting is different than an in person setting, but when you dress professionally it will add to your confidence and ready you for meaningful conversations with your peers. Wear comfortable clothing that looks professional ("business casual"). Examples of business casual include attire you would wear to a job or college interview.
Q What is the day like?
A It was a great day attended by 393 students, presenters and attendees. There is a varied array of student presenters and youth minded organizations from all over the world which made it inspiring and motivating for all who attended.
Q Do I need to prepare anything for the day?
A Have a notebook handy, you never know when you might want to write down an interesting fact or a presenter’s contact information if you think they are really interesting.
Q What if I sign up and then realize I can’t go to the Summit?
A We understand that things come up unexpectedly, like sickness or family commitments. If you plan to come to the Summit and later realize you are unable to make it (even up to the day of the conference), please email us at so that we can potentially give your spot to someone else who is able to attend.
Q Is there a limit to how many people can attend the Summit?
A Because space is limited, yes, we have to limit the amount of students attending the Summit. Once our RSVP list fills up, we will contact those on our waitlist when space becomes available.
Youth Leadership programs at Intrepid receive support from:

Call: 646-381-5020