Student & Parent Participants
Engineering, Gaming Technology, Zoology, Entertainment, Surgery, Energy, Transportation, Nursing, STEM Teaching, Law, Financial Literacy, Accounting, Earth & Environmental Sciences Studies, Nonprofit Management
On October 19th, 2013, Project Tomorrow held its fourth annual Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science, at Edwards Lifesciences Worldwide Headquarters in Irvine, California. With over 200 students, parents, and community leaders in attendance, the event provided an opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to learn about how math and science proficiency is increasingly a critical skill for current and future jobs.
This conference-style event kicked off with a student presentation of OC business trends, followed by a panel discussion from industry leaders. Students then attended career-specific breakout sessions of their choice led by local business and education leaders, a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of engineers, and tabletop exhibits introducing attendees to local STEM college programs. This free, half-day event included continental breakfast and a networking lunch and concluded with a student raffle featuring gifts from local businesses.
Project Tomorrow would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our guest speakers, volunteers, local colleges, sponsors, and partners for their time and generous contributions, without which this influential event would not be possible.
• Future Molecular Biologist, Senior, Trabuco Hills High School (Mission Viejo)
“It was interesting to talk to experts in their fields and gain information about skills needed from employers.”
• Future Pharmacist, Junior, Saddleback High School (Santa Ana)
“I think that this Summit was definitely beneficial. I loved getting the opportunity to network with like-minded people in the career of my choice.”
• Future Environmental Scientist, Junior, Santa Ana High School (Santa Ana)
“This event was fun, interactive, and gave insightful information about colleges and careers.“
• Future Computer Engineer, Sophomore, Aliso Niguel High School (Aliso Viejo)
“I thought today’s experience was really cool because I learned that I definitely want to be an engineer.”
• Undecided, Freshman, Edison High School (Huntington Beach)
“I was really happy with the experience and it really opened up my mind to new ideas and careers I may want to consider.”
• Future Mathematics Teacher, Senior, Brea Olinda High School (Brea)
“The Youth Leadership Summit was very interesting, and was a great experience. Thank you to all the sponsors.“
CEO, Project Tomorrow
“…Our most successful Summit yet! This premier STEM event allowed students to understand the depth and breadth of the types of jobs and careers that depend upon math and science…preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.”
Thanks to our 2013 Summit sponsors…
Aquarium of the Pacific
Bagels & Brew, Inc.
BCU (servicing Edwards Lifesciences)
Discovery Science Center
Knott’s Berry Farm
San Diego Zoo Global
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
To learn more about how to get involved with next year’s 2014 Leading the Way Youth Leadership Summit please visit our website at:http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/youthLeadershipSummit.html
Also please be sure to contribute to the national dialog about science, technology & preparing students for the 21st century workforce through Speak Up! This year we are asking students, parents and community members to share the types of college and workplace skills that they think students should be learning in school to be sucessful in the future, what is needed to acuire those skills as well as student’s overall STEM career interest.
To participate in Speak Up go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013, surveys are available to students, educators, parents and community members.
Thanks for reading!
-The Project Tomorrow Team