On Saturday, March 13, youth leaders ages 10 – 19 are invited to Free The Children’s global issues and leadership conference, otherwise known as the Youth In Action Summit. The Summit, appropriately enough, will be held at the World Affairs Council at 312 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

According to its mission statement, “Free The Children empowers children in North America to take action to improve the lives of fellow children overseas. Our local leadership initiatives bring leadership and inspiration to tens of thousands of youth in the US and Canada. Our international projects, led by our Adopt a Village Program, have brought over 500 schools and water projects to communities around the world.” It is both a novel and effective approach.

This year’s Summit revolves around social movements (for example, the civil rights, women’s rights, and green movements), and how they impact today’s youth movement. The idea is to teach youth leaders about successful social movements while introducing them to additional leadership skills–and to each other. It is in essence a training and networking session for young leaders, not just in the “leaders of tomorrow” sense, but as effective leaders today.

And why not? Who inspires us all to make positive changes in our lives, our communities, and in the world, than kids and youth? Who could possibly be more convincing?

The event is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lunch provided. Opening ceremonies and keynote address will be followed by five different interactive workshops created specifically for Free The Children’s Youth in Action Summits, networking opportunities, and special guest speakers. Participants are encouraged come up with ways to create social change in their own communities, and to inspire others to join the growing youth movement for positive change.

To register for the Summit, youth leaders should go to http://www.freethechildren.com/forms/YouthInActionSummit/california.php.

For more information, contact Shana Kirsch, Director of Free The Children’s California Operations, at (650) 815-9632 or email california@freethechildren.com.

Young leaders and activists and their families may also go to http://www.freethechildren.com/summit/california for more information about the Summit specifically, or http://www.freethechildren.com for more information about Free The Children.