Join the Conversation

The National Youth Summit brings middle and high school students together with scholars, teachers, policy experts, and activists in a national conversation about important events in America’s past that have relevance to the nation’s present and future. Since 2011, Smithsonian Affiliates have been hosts of Regional Youth Summits, amplifying the program and augmenting it with related programming tied to the Affiliate organization’s content for its local community of students.


Teen Resistance to Racial Injustice

This year, Regional Summits will join the conversation digitally and convene these deeply critical conversations with and for middle and high school students across the nation.

Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, the National Museum of American History will host a series of digital events for middle and high school students to critically examine the question: How can young Americans create a more equitable nation?

The series kicks off on September 22 with the National Youth Summit on Teen Resistance to Racial Injustice. Anchored by the case study of Claudette Colvin – a 15-year-old Black student in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus and testified in the legal case that brought an end to segregated busing in Montgomery. The summit will provide digital platforms and resources for students to convene, discuss this vital history, and examine the power of teens activated today to fight systemic racism.

Find out more here, and stay tuned for future opportunities.

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National Youth Summit at the Japanese American National Museum auditorium where a student speaks at a standing mic with a panel of 5 adults seated behind him.

The Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California) participated in the National Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration in World War II on May 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of JANM.