Virtual Youth Leadership Institute 2021

About the Event

What is it?
The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a 2-Day virtual youth summit hosted by the Broward Youth Coalition (BYC) students.

When is it?
Wednesday, June 16th 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Thursday, June 17th 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Where is it?
The YLI event will be held via Zoom. You must register in advance to receive information about how to join the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Who can participate?
8th Grade Students through High School Graduating Seniors

What will I experience?
During the 2-day leadership event we'll connect with students, like you, and discuss mental health promotion, resilience during a pandemic and substance use prevention. The virtual event will feature special guests, several student-led sessions and more! 

Both days will include prizes and service hours*! 

How much does it cost?
It's FREE!

*Must attend both days for full duration to receive community service hours.

Click here to download the flyer. 

Special thanks to Nova Southeastern University for their outstanding sponsorship.


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Event Details

Next Event Dates
Jenna Stein
954.453.3725 |

Meet the Speakers

Alexander StarAlexander Star is an Emmy-nominated songwriter known for aligning music with positive social impact.  

Star collaborates with 'impact partners' to build anthems highlighting powerful causes. 

Recent collaborators include the United Nations, MSC Cruises, Super Bowl LIV, 211 National Helpline, and HANDY, Inc.

As an 'impact artist', Alexander Star has toured 12 countries and appeared on two seasons of a French primetime TV series called 'Les Anges'.

And as a mentor, Star's hosted hundreds of private sessions with teens in foster care helping them write and record lyrics about their lives. 

"When you use your natural gifts to make a positive impact, you basically get to spread love for a living. How else would you wanna do it?" - Alexander Star 

ReneeCooperHeadshot.jpgRenee Cooper is an authentic story teller, speaker, teacher, trainer and speaking coach, who supports Middle/High School students, leadership groups, Non-profit CEO’s and organizations, philanthropists and individuals who want to improve their speaking ability.  After a long career in corporate fundraising, having given several hundred presentations, Renee realized her passion and LOVE for speaking in public wasn’t something she shared with many.  

Renee has committed herself to engaging our youth and others to step into their power, find their voice and speak their truth.  Helping people improve this vital skill not only increases confidence and leadership ability but also provides  tremendous support in navigating school, interests, job situations, and standing up for what’s important to the people she works with.

Chef Chris Valdes Miami born and raised  Latino chef, Chris Valdes,  has embraced many cultures through his cooking by fusing Caribbean flavors with modern influences to create iconic dishes.  His relentless drive to share his passion for cooking and bringing people together led Chef Chris to create his own platform on YouTube and star in his very own series, Cooking with Chris. Chef Chris has been featured on the cover of several magazines, various national TV shows such as Hallmark’s Home and Family and LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and was a finalist on Food Network Star and Star Salvation. Chef Chris blends his passion for food with his love for the local community, and has worked with many organizations such as No Kid Hungry and the March of Dimes.

He is also an author, his book was released in April 2021. One with the Kitchen is part autobiography, part cookbook, and follows the story of how Chef Chris Valdes found his voice through food.