youth leadership summit

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NextStepU, Monroe Community College & EmpowerMe present the Rochester Youth Leadership Summit

NextStepU, Monroe Community College and The EmpowerMe Foundation want to enhance the skills of the next generation of leaders. That's why we're starting a brand-new leadership that is bringing college, career and life-planning workshops to students who want to rise above the competition.

Past Events

Rochester, N.Y.

Date: March 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14623

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Keynote Speaker: Darrell “Coach D” Andrews


Darrell "Coach D" Andrews, America's Passion Coach, is a nationally and internationally recognized motivational strategist, trainer, author and career-life coach. His books, “How To Find Your Passion And Make A Living At It,” “The Purpose Living Teen-A Teen’s Guide To Living Your Dreams” and, “The Parent As Coach-Developing A Family Dream Team” have transformed thousands of students and organizations worldwide. His story, 5 Garbage Bags and a Dream is one of the top stories in the national best seller “Chicken Soup For The African-American Soul.” Coach D is also the first person in his family to receive a Bachelors degree from college! As a speaker and trainer, he has been invited to speak at thousands of schools, school districts, colleges and universities and non-profit organizations.


Event Sponsors



10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
How to Avoid Debt in College
Presented by Hon. John C. Ninfo, II from Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program
• Public Speaking and Confidence with an Audience
Presented by Melisza Campos VP of Instruction and Carnegie Master at Dale Carnegie Rochester
Being Your Best Version of Yourself (Health, Wellness & Life Skills as a College Student)
Presented by Teen Health and Success Partnerships

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
How to Choose a Major and a College
Presented by Jori Cincotta from Cincotta College Consulting
Time Management for Busy Teens
Presented by Leslie Josel from Order Out of Chaos®
• Leadership (How to Make the Most of Opportunities to Lead)
Presented by Robert J. Duffy, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce






Scholarship Providers


Scholarship Winners!

• Advantage Federal Credit Union $500 Scholarship: Sterling Newsom

• NextStepU $250 Scholarship: Griffin Cross

• NextStepU $250 Scholarship: Alex Belmont


Educational Booths

• Chariot Learning
• Order Out of Chaos®


College Fair Attendees

• Alfred State
• Alfred University
• Buffalo State
• Bryant & Stratton College
• Daemen College
• D'Youville College
• Gannon University
• Genessee Community College
• Gordon College
• Hartwick College
• Hilbert College
• Houghton College
• Jamestown Community College
• Keuka College
• Mercyhurst University
• Monroe Community College
• Mohawk Valley Community College
• Nazareth College
• Paul Smiths College
• Pennsylvania College of Technology
• Roberts Wesleyan College
• Rochester Institute of Technology
• St. John Fisher
• St. Bonaventure
• SUNY Albany
• SUNY Canton
• SUNY Cortland
• SUNY Fredonia
• SUNY Geneseo
• SUNY Oneonta
• SUNY Polytechnic Institute
• SUNY Potsdam
• University at Buffalo
• University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
• University of Rochester
• Utica College



Videos about the event

• Time Warner Cable News (Watch the video)

• WROC-TV Channel 8 (Watch the video)