MVYLI Advisory Council
Karen Brush
Steve Cahillane
  Budget MV Car Rental
Christina Christensen
Rebecca Conroy
    Conroy & Co Real Estate
Matthew D'Andrea
Patti Leighton
  MV Savings Banks
Claire Ganz
Nancy Gardella
  MV Chamber of Commerce
Norman Hall
  Hall International LLC
Melinda Loberg
  Tisbury Waterways
Rebecca McCarthy
Kevin McGrath
  MVRHS Librarian
Sidney Morris
  ACE Educator
Elizabeth Rothwell
  The Harbor View Hotel
Bret Stearn
Wampanoag Natural Resources
Noli Taylor
  Islands Grown Schools
Adam Turner
  MV Commission
Tucker Underwood
   Dukes Co. Commissioner
Susan Wasserman
The Stone Soup Leadership Institute
Board of Directors
Nane Alejandrez
Hulas King
Ian Kitajima
Marianne Larned
Karen Stone McCown
Shawna Brown
Erin Frawley
Marianne Larned
Kristina Petruityte
John Reine

April 24, 2017
Dear Vineyard Leaders & Educators,
You are invited to nominate young people
to MVYLI's 13th Annual Youth Leadership Summit.
June 24-30, 2017
Orientation * Monday, May 8
MVRHS LCS * 2:15 pm.
MVYLI youth leaders will share
their experiences with the Summit.
Special Guests: Summit Co-Directors
The Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development  inspires, educates and empowers young people (ages 15-18) to take initiative in their lives and on their island.  In this weeklong intensive leadership training youth delegates envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals.  The Summit begins with a Sustainable Vineyard Tour to learn first-hand about blue projects on the Island.  They meet in professional work groups with college youth and begin developing 5-year plans for their lives.  They also identify and develop action plans for sustainability projects to help their Island.  Our faculty: The Institute's Train-the-Trainer Youth Empowerment Model features youth graduates from previous Summits.  They are especially invested in passing along Dr. King's legacy of "Each one, teach one" - that creates a powerful multiplier effect for future generations. 
Please think about young people who have the potential to be leaders: Imagine if they could have this experience!  Together we can prepare a new generation of leaders for the island and world.
Outcomes of  the MVYLI Youth Leadership Summit
* Youth receive educational tools/training to develop a can-do spirit and initiative in their lives.
* Youth exposed to inspiring people who've overcome obstacles and changed their lives, world;
* Youth learn about best practices and innovative models for sustainability on their island;
* Youth learn to find their voice, and positively express it in various mediums: presentations: verbally, written, artistically and through video, music and social media;
* Youth empowered to be representatives of sustainability issues/ projects affecting their islands
* Youth develop action plans; troubleshoot challenges, develop strategies to engage others;
MVYLI is a project of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, 501c3 non-profit organization founded on Martha's Vineyard in 1997.  All programs are free to Vineyard youth.  
MVYLI's programs require a commitment from youth and their nominator.  Parental support is invaluable in ensuring their success in MVYLI's program.
MVYLI is very much aligned with my 5-year plan for Martha's Vineyard Public Schools.   In the past, our students have greatly benefitted from MVYLI's emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, expanding their horizons and helping them think about their future.   I'm especially pleased to see this year's focus on writing.   Superintendent Matthew D'Andrea

Martha's Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative

PO Box 4551 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Stone Soup Leadership Institute *