Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nominate Holyoke Youth with Promise

At the February 3rd event at Gateway City Arts, Representative Aaron Vega invited business and community leader to nominate Holyoke youth to the Stone Soup Leadership Institute's upcoming Youth Leadership Summit. Latino youth leader Alex Siordia shared his life-changing experience with the Summit and program.

"The Stone Soup Leadership Institute is honored to collaborate with the Holyoke community," said Marianne Larned, Executive Director.

Community leaders included: Dr. Stephen Zrike, Mayor Morse Office, Holyoke Youth Commission members, Career Point, Boys & Girls Club, Mass Mentoring, Common Capitol, SPARK/Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Teresita CastaƱo and Radioplasma.

Community organizations & schools nominate youth.
Business will serve as mentors.

Twenty Holyoke youth will be selected to serve as delegates to Youth Leadership Summit year-round program, Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative. The Summit will be held on Martha's Vineyard from June 24-30. All expenses paid.

Nomination Process: Holyoke youth are nominated by community organizations and schools to serve as delegates. Please think about Holyoke youth who have the potential to be leaders.

For more information and To Nominate Holyoke Youth


Bring Completed Applications to:
Mayor's Offices, Rep. Vega's Offices and email:

The Institute’s 13th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development: June 24-30, 2017 Young people (ages 15-17) are inspired, educated and empowered to take initiative in their lives and on their island. In this week long intensive leadership training youth delegates envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals. They meet in professional work groups with college youth and begin developing 5-year plans. The Summit begins with a Sustainable Vineyard Tour to learn first-hand about green/blue projects. Youth delegates then envision and develop action plans for sustainability projects to help their community.

The Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative is a local chapter of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, 501c3 non-profit organization founded on Martha’s Vineyard in 1997. All programs are free to Holyoke youth. SHYLI’s programs require a commitment from youth and their nominating organization. Parental support is invaluable in ensuring their success in SHYLII’s program.

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