Youth Leadership Conference

Annual Youth Leadership Conference
September 23, 2023  |  11AM – 5PM

Unveiling the Campaign Against Hunger’s Youth Leadership Conference – a transformative event igniting young hearts with inspiration!


Join us in embracing your potential as architects of a brighter tomorrow. Rockaway, amplify Voices of Change! Our mission: empower youth to lead, step up, and guide communities. We’re catalyzing dreams of young visionaries like you!


Experience dynamic workshops sparking ideas into action. Equip yourself with skills, knowledge, and broadened perspectives. Forge connections in networking, uniting peers and mentors. Amplify impact through powerful alliances.


You hold the brush to paint a vast canvas of change. Be our torchbearers radiating positivity and progress. Plant leadership seeds, nurture dreams, sculpt a youth-driven world. The future is our masterpiece – join us!



Why this conference matters

  • Empowering youth voices through shared experiences.

  • Championing the needs of today’s youth and advocating effectively.

  • Shedding light on how food security and gun violence impact our daily lives.


What to Expect

Workshops // Panel discussions // Youth Performers // Think tank sessions // Giveaways // Guest Speakers

At Voices for Change, you can expect to participate in leadership development workshops and activities, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, and gain valuable skills and knowledge to help you become a better leader.


Workshops and Panel Discussions

Embark on an enlightening journey with our engaging workshops and thought-provoking speaker-led panels. Together, we’ll delve into the intricate interplay of food justice, poverty, and the pursuit of peace in our communities.


Our discussions will shine a light on the undeniable link between food insecurity, financial constraints, and the presence of gun violence. We recognize that fostering a healthy community begins with fostering access to nourishment.




  • 11:00 am: Registration, Lunch, and Vendors
  • 12 pm – 12:30 pm Welcome, Keynote and Elected Officials
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Panel Discussion
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Youth Speaks
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Vendors
  • 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm Workshops
  • 3:10 pm – 4:00 pm Entertainment Segment
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Prizes and Closing


Nutrition Education

Presented by Chef Tracey Johnson, The Campaign Against Hunger
Dive into the world of healthy eating! Unveil the secrets of scrumptious, nutritious cooking in just 45 minutes. Let’s whip up a dish bursting with flavor, easy to recreate, and brimming with positivity.

Anti- Gun Violences Workshop

Presented by Shernette Pink, Queens Defenders

The anti-gun violence workshop focusing on the impact of gun violence and the financial strain in one’s community. The workshop allows our participants to create unique solution to address the ongoing issues within our community.

Mental Wellness: Diving Deep

Presented by Madison McKenzie, Donna’s H.O.P.E, Inc

This workshop will focus on diving deep into mental health by exploring mental, emotional and physical self care. Students will be supported to create 1-2 SMART goals to improve mental health by utilizing prompts and self-reflection activities. Students will also learn practical tools and techniques for stress and anxiety management.

Food Apartheid and Racism

Presented by Racquel Peters, The Campaign Against Hunger

The Food Apartheid and Racism workshop will focus on the historical and systemic inequities in the food access system and its impact on food availability today in under-served communities. It will explore the causal relationship between food injustice and racism and a structural approach to advocacy to ensure policies and programs are designed and implemented that promote food sovereignty and equity.

Financial Literacy

Presented by Chase Bank

Unlock the world of money management! We’re here to equip you with essential financial skills that will set you up for a lifetime of smart choices and independence.

Whether you’re saving up for your dream goals or learning how to make your money work for you, this workshop is your stepping stone to financial empowerment.




  • Assembly Member Khaleel M. Anderson
  • National Grid Foundation
  • City Parks Foundation
  • AEO Foundation
  • Lily Auchincloss
  • Levitt Foundation
  • Merck Family Fund
  • New York Community Trust
  • NBA Foundation
  • Anderson Rogers Foundation
  • Henry E Niles
  • L+M Development Partners

Questions about the conference?

Please contact Howard Brown, Youth Empowerment Manager:

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

Please contact Racquel Peters, Director of Development, to learn how you can support our youth:

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