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Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

The 3rd Annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit (MYLS) is a one-day conference that brings together students, educators, parents, community leaders, state government, and other organizations from across the state. The goal of the MYLS is to provide participants with an inspiring experience to stimulate educational success and help shape the leaders of tomorrow.

This year, we present Nicholas Carlisle as the keynote speaker. Mr. Carlisle, a graduate of Oxford University, is an attorney (with a focus on human rights), psychotherapist and Executive Director of No Bully. Having experienced firsthand the reality of bullying in high school, he is committed to creating schools where every child feels accepted by their peers. In addition to the keynote address, Mr. Carlisle will lead a breakout session for educators and parents on effective anti-bullying strategies.

No Bully is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that partners with schools nationwide to implement a non-punitive and highly effective solution to end bullying and harassment. Research studies show that teachers and staff trained in the No Bully System® succeed in stopping student bullying in at least 80% of cases. No Bully is helping schools transform into learning communities that are truly inclusive.

Ernesto Mejia, Vice President of CoolSpeak and the “rock star” of previous Summits, will provide a dynamic and engaging opening presentation that will no doubt be energized from beginning to end. His breakout sessions will include topics on: the power of youth, college readiness, leadership development, decision making, self esteem, diversity and communication skills. Ernesto, the proud son of immigrant parents, went form college dropout to Dean of Student Success.

Registration is FREE for students, educators, parents, community members, and volunteers. We will also be providing a light breakfast and lunch.

Program Schedule

7:00 – 8:00
Students Arrive
Light Breakfast

8:00 – 9:30
Opening Session
Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Utah Teacher of the Year: Mohsen Ghaffari
Youth Speaker: Oscar Cuevas
Keynote: Nicholas Carlisle of No Bully

9:30 – 9:50

9:50 – 11:15
Ernesto Mejia of CoolSpeak
Carlos Ojeda of CoolSpeak
Youth Performances

11:15 – 12:30
Dance Performance

12:30 – 1:10
Breakout 1
Student Breakouts presented by CoolSpeak
Educator/Parent Breakout presented by No Bully

1:10 – 1:30
Break (Visit Exhibits)

1:30 – 2:10
Breakout 2
Student Breakouts presented by CoolSpeak
Educator/Parent Breakout presented by No Bully

2:10 – 2:30
Closing Session

Students Depart

For the At-a-Glance schedule PDF click here.

For additional information please contact Jenny Hor at or (801)245-7214. 
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Join us as partners for the next Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit in October 2014!
For more information and sponsorship opportunities please check our MYLS Sponsorship Package.
If you have any questions please contact Stanford Kekauoha at or (801)245-7210

Here is what students have to say about the MYLS




In support of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s education initiative ‘66% by 2020,’ a state goal that 66% of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020, the Utah Multicultural Affairs Office hosted the first annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit on April 30, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Multicultural Affairs plans to host this event Every Fall before school starts with hopes that at each summit students learn how they can be agents of positive social change.

2013 MYLS Archive