Youth Summit


The 2017 Be A Boss Youth Summit is now full. Please contact Lauren Shenfeld at, about being added to our waitlist.

All participants must register online:

At the BeABoss Youth Summit, 6th-10th graders will become empowered by learning about and discussing the following topics: How to Develop Leadership Skills, How to Increase Self-Confidence, Maintaining a Healthy Self Image, Vision and Goal Setting and more! Students will attend this one-day event for free and receive resources to help support their continued development.

Keynote speaker: Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson of Flip My Food

What to expect at the 2017 Be A Boss Youth Summit:
  • Breakout sessions on topics such as self-identity and bullying, and engaging in your community’s political process
  • Lunch with Columbia and the Midlands’ most influential leaders in a diversity of professions, from members of congress to sports figures and healthcare leaders
  • Visits with college admissions representatives, corporate recruiters and volunteer organizations
  • Pep rally with bands and mascots! Step team performances, music, STEM Challenges and giveaways! 
Space is limited to 200 students in grades 6-10. Lunch and snacks are provided. Parental consent is required. Caregivers can drop off students between 8am and 8:30am, and pick up their student at 4:30pm at EdVenture Children's Museum.


If your organization is interested in serving as an exhibitor, please contact Chapin Hardy at



Lauren Shenfeld, Director of Special Projects

Youth Development is supported by:



Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Members Free
Children and Adults $11.50
Seniors (age 62+) $10.50
Military (with ID) $10.50
Educator (with ID) $10.50
Groups (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Children under two Free