Virtual Youth Summit
Space and Science Festival, September 20-23, #spacescifest
JUNE 12, 2021 11 AM ET - 7 PM ET
The Intrepid Museum Youth Summit is a FREE virtual conference that invites students to join the Museum for a day of inspiration and action. Participants will hear from highly motivated teens who have created or worked on projects that address issues or problems that they may see in their daily lives, whether locally (neighborhood, borough, or city), nationally or globally.

The Intrepid Museum's Youth Summit Aspires to:

  • Provide an environment that promotes conversation, development and engagement for youth to address the issues that matter to them
  • Increase confidence in teens and youth to make change in their communities
  • Engage cultural institutions, academia and industry leaders in conversation and enlist support for teens and youth
Click HERE to Register


Check out the highlights from the 2020 Virtual
Youth Summit

Click HERE to download the 2021 Youth
Summit Flyer


Featured Speakers

Kahlil Greene

Kahlil Greene

Kahlil was elected Yale’s first Black Student Body President and is a lifelong advocate for equity. Currently, Khalil is a Secretary John Kerry Fellow, a member of the prestigious Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, and a History of Social Change and Social Movements major. He has authored op-eds about education and racial equity in both the LA Times and Washington Post.

Kahlil Greene

Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali has been honored as Forbes "30 Under 30 in Science" in 2019 and TIME's "Top Young Innovator" and "TIME Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops. Gitanjali is. also an author of the book "Young Innovators Guide to STEM" which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process.


11:00am - Welcoming remarks from Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Shay Saleem, Senior Manager of Youth Leadership

11:10am-11:45am - Morning Keynote Speaker: Kahlil Greene- Yale’s First Black Student Body President.

12:00pm-1:30pm - Concurrent sessions Complete list of sessions will be added soon!

1:30-2:00pm - Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Gitanjali Rao, TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “TIME Kid of the Year”.

2:00pm-5:30pm - Concurrent sessions Complete list of sessions will be added soon!

5:30pm-6:00pm - Musical Performance by Music Unites

6:00pm-7:00pm - Closing remarks from Shay Saleem, Senior Manager of Youth Leadership, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and closing dance party with DJ Mike and Leecy T.


Preparing for the
Virtual Event

This FREE program is most appropriate for students between the ages of 14 and 20.

Participants will connect with each other by sharing dialogue and their own ideas and analyzing/questioning the world to come up with solutions for important issues. We encourage all attendants to participate, whether presenting your own projects or learning from your peers.

The event will take place virtually on

Free registration is required to join the event, click HERE for our event page.



Q Is the Youth Summit Free?
A Yes.

Q What should I wear?
A We know that a virtual setting is different than an in person setting, but when you dress professionally it will add to your confidence and ready you for meaningful conversations with your peers. If you are a presenter, wear comfortable clothing that looks professional ("business casual"). Examples of business casual include attire you would wear to a job or college interview.

Q What is the day like?
A Last year’s Summit was a great day attended by 393 students, presenters and attendees. There is a varied array of student presenters and youth minded organizations from all over the world which made it inspiring and motivating for all who attended.

Q Do I need to prepare anything for the day?
A Have a notebook handy, you never know when you might want to write down an interesting fact or a presenter’s contact information if you think they are really interesting.

Q What if I sign up and then realize I can’t go to the Summit?
A We understand that things come up unexpectedly, like sickness or family commitments. If you plan to come to the Summit and later realize you are unable to make it (even up to the day of the conference), please email us at so that we can potentially give your spot to someone else who is able to attend.

Q Is there a limit to how many people can attend the Summit?
A Since this is a virtual program, space within the main session is available to a larger audience.  However, space is limited for the concurrent sessions.  Please visit the session you are interested in as early as possible.
Youth Leadership programs at Intrepid receive support from: