Youth Empowered for Success (YES!)
The YES! program will provide Texas high school juniors and seniors with meaningful insight into the workings of policymaking and the art of civic engagement. The summit is designed to further engage students interested in politics, civil discourse, and government. Students will leave with new skills to be applied in their own communities. Started in summer 2019.
Summit One: November 8, 2021 - 7PM to 8PM
- Walt Maciborski, CBS Austin News
- Hema Mullur, CBS Austin News
- Adam Burklund, Burklund Consulting
- Erika Akpan, NRG Energy
- Brianna Menard, Office of State Representative James Talarico
Summit Two: January 17, 2022 - 7PM to 8PM
- Nacole Thompson, Entrepreneur and Leander City Council Place 4
- Heather Vaughn, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Summit Three: March 21, 2022 - 7PM to 8PM
- Greg Glover, Texas Teamworks
- Lisa Harst, Chief
- Hunter Ward, KGB Texas
Students who attend all three sessions receive a “Youth Civic Leader” certificate (a great addition to a resume or college application).
Additionally, all student attendees may apply to participate in Texas PTA's Straight Talk in-person event in Austin, Texas, in February 2022. Registered students will receive more information about the Straight Talk opportunity.
All student registrants must be PTA members to participate. Search for your school and join HERE. Join on campus if your school is not listed on JoinPTA.org.