2013 Youth Leadership Summit

Leading the Way:

2013 Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science

On October 19th, 2013, we held our fourth annual Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit, at Edwards Lifesciences Global Headquarters in Irvine, California. With over 150 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 free half-day event included student presentation of OC business trends, panel discussions from industry leaders and a diverse group of engineers, tabletop exhibits to introduce students to local STEM career opportunities and college programs, and breakout sessions led by business and education leaders throughout the region.

Here is what some of the students had to say about their Youth Leadership Summit experience:

“It was amazingly interesting. I’ve received insights into my career.”
—12th grader, Santa Ana High School, Future Computer Programmer

“This event was fun, interactive, and gave insightful information about colleges and careers.“
—11th grader, Santa Ana High School, Future Environmental Scientist

“The Youth Leadership Summit was very interesting, and was a great experience. Thank you to all the sponsors.“
—12th grader, Brea Olinda High School, Future Mathematics Teacher

“I was really happy with the experience and it really opened up my mind to new ideas and careers I may want to consider.”
—9th grader, Edison High School

“It was very informational and held great professionals to explain things.”
—10th grader, Edison High School, Future Engineer

“I thought today’s experience was really cool because I learned that I definitely want to be an engineer.”
—11th grader, Aliso Niguel High School, Future Computer Engineer

“It was interesting to talk to experts in their fields and gain information about skills needed from employers."
—12th grader, Trabuco Hills High School, Future Molecular Biologist

“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."
—11th grader, Saddleback High School, Future Pharmacist