Youth Summit 2017Westchester-Putnam, March 23, 2017 - On Tuesday, April 11, the Westchester-Putnam Work Development Academy for Youth will host the Sixth Annual Youth Summit for individuals ages 16-24. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Map Out a Career Path That Will Really Take Your Somewhere!” The goal is to provide attendees with a road map for identifying and pursuing the career in an industry they have an interest in and provide communications skills that they can use immediately in any field they choose.

There is no cost to attend and complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as free parking at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Advance registration is required by April 4 by visiting The Summit will take place at Crowne Plaza Hotel at 66 Hale Avenue in White Plains, New York from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place at 8:30 a.m. Programs will begin at 9 a.m.

The day will include two groups of workshops:

  • The first set will include interactive sessions on goal setting, career mapping, understanding strengths and identifying personal communication styles all with the intent to help encourage self-discovery and career readiness.
  • The second set of workshops will take a deeper dive, to explore various industry sectors that thrive in the region for career opportunities including medical, hospitality, technology, and entrepreneurship.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Byron Stewart, CEO and Founder of Mr. Purpose, a motivational speaking and coaching company geared towards helping people discover their true purpose in life while providing them with the tools to navigate the road ahead. Stewart has inspired audiences in local high schools, colleges, and professional organizations and was the 2012 Howard University School of Communication’s Commencement speaker a well as a participant on the panel during the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Youth Issue Forum. He received his degree from Howard University in 2006 and then received his Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University.

Lucinda Cross, the 2016 Keynote Speaker, will serve as MC throughout the day. In addition to the workshops, there will be a college and career fair during the middle portion of the Summit.

“The Youth Summit is designed to be an interactive day with a robust agenda, providing youth in attendance with information to help build the skill sets needed to successfully enter the workforce. Over the years, we have seen great participation from the business community, showing their commitment and investment in our future workforce.  This event serves as a great opportunity to make a direct connection between youth and the businesses community. Our goal is for participants to walk away with tangible information that they can use immediately along their journey in their careers,” stated Ebony White, Director of Workforce & Employer Development for the Business Council of Westchester.

The event is coordinated through the Business Council of Westchester and is being run under the auspices of Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board and sponsors include Berkeley College, KeyBank, C.W. Brown, IAC Applications, Chase, Inspiria Media and Veekast.

Register online at by April 4. Call Ebony White at (914) 948-2110 for more information.

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The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board provides an environment where job seekers and employers interact to meet the needs for a highly qualified regional workforce. The WPWDB seeks to strengthen partnerships with business sectors, service providers and the public education system to offer career services and various training modalities to youth and adults. Seeking innovative solutions driven by regional business needs, WPWDB develops model programs, pursues funding opportunities, and shares leading edge practices. The One-Stop Career Centers are physical locations that provide resources and services to job-seekers to assist in their job search and development and or career change. The centers are staffed by a wide cross section of staff drawn from the one-stop centers partnering agencies. The centers offer a wide range of services and state-of-the-art equipment that is used to train customers to fit into the future workforce.


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