Congratulations 2017 Youth Summit Alumni!
Thank you to all the students who applied to, and were selected to participate in the 2017 APTA Biennial Youth Summit. Those of you who participated were selected in a competitive process from a wide field of high achieving students across North America.
A Youth Summit to Advance Education & Promote Careers in Public Transportation
Public transportation plays a significant role in finding solutions to the numerous challenges facing America today. Whether it’s more jobs, a cleaner environment, energy independence or a better quality of life; Where Public Transportation Goes, Communities Grow!
The Youth Summit offers a rare opportunity for high school students to gain a 360 degree perspective on how transit works. After this memorable experience, we believe that these students will go back to their communities and act as ambassadors to promote transit…and many may end up personally selecting transit as their future study area or career.
– Xinge Wang, Deputy Director of the Transportation Learning Center
Students who participated in the 2017 APTA Youth Summit had the unique opportunity to explore the educational and environmental benefits of public transportation. They learned how communities can prosper with increased services, studied the role local and federal policies play in public transit usage, and discovered the many educational and career opportunities available directly from leading public transportation industry professionals and emerging leaders. Students toured Capitol Hill, WMATA’s Bus and Rail Control Centers, the DOT, and were able to choose sessions from a variety of career tracks aimed at their specific field of interest. Tracks included science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), business administration, planning, marketing & communication, operations, and sustainability.
If you will be a high school junior or senior in the Fall of 2019, you are eligible to participate in the next APTA Youth Summit, and can join your peers from across the nation as they come together in Washington, D.C.
Take a look at the 2017 Youth Summit program-at-a-glance!
With this all expenses paid opportunity, students:
- Experienced five days in the Nation’s Capitol
- Learned from top industry executives and emerging leaders
- Met with lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional leaders
- Participated in hands-on local transit tours
- Discovered the wide range of exciting career paths within the transit industry
- Learned how public transportation is helping shape a brighter future
- Interacted with other students from across the country who have an interest in how public transportation can make an impact on their communities
- Resided in George Washington University campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC
Members Joined the Effort
Helping students to learn about the public transit industry:
Building the next generation is a key priority for APTA members, and they went above and beyond, opening the door for 50 young people to discover careers pathways and the benefits of public transportation. Members played a key role in showing students the positive impact transportation plays in their communities. See how they got involved below:
Became a Sponsor
- Developed skill building workshops
- Provided innovative and career building presentations
- Provided promotional items
- Helped with meal functions
- Other events & activities
- Assisted in planning curricula
- Coordinated session development
- Presented at sessions
- Chaperoned events
- Served as a student mentors
From the Youth Summit, I took back a lot of information and a real sense of action and commitment to transit, and the thriving communities that transit can create.
– Kevin O’Hare, 2013 Summit Participant