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Region 7 ESC Youth Leadership Summit - Lighting The Way
January 26, 2024
Join us for Lighting The Way with keynote speaker Stephanie Ellison. Stephanie will share her story, giving students from similar situations the motivation and skills to reach their goals and academic pursuits. Her mission is to inspire youth "to be activists for the voiceless and aim to be a light in the darkness by shining hope."
During the keynote and two small group sessions, Stephanie will share with students how she persevered through a life of instability and insecurity, telling how she got to where she is today as a successful speaker, author, podcaster, and activist.
This workshop is for students and staff from districts that are members of our TEHCY SSA or ARP II SSA ONLY. ESC 7 staff will reach out to LEA staff for student registration information.

9:00 a.m. Resource Hall Open for Students & Chaperones
9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Keynote, Stephanie Ellison, Author, Host, Podcaster, Public Speaker
11:00 a.m. Lunch
11:30 a.m. Resource Hall Open for Students & Chaperones
12:00 p.m. Breakouts
1:00 p.m. Breakouts
2:00 p.m. Resource Hall Open for Students & Chaperones
Stephanie Ellison
Stephanie Ellison
Author, Host, Podcast, Speaker 
As a former foster youth, she was in and out of the system for over 15 years. In 2002, she began sharing her turbulent story of hope, forgiveness, and the power of education with youth, parents, and educators. Intending to help others see the good in the world, no matter what circumstances they face.
Find out more about Stephanie!
"The College Playbook" with Author Lucas Spielfogel
Today, Lucas is the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), but he used to be a social studies teacher. He needed a resource to help his students who were bright and capable but had significant resource disadvantages. This led him to write "The College Playbook," an easy-to-follow guide that helps students of all backgrounds navigate the college application process. He will work with the student participants and chaperones to help them in their post-secondary journeys.
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4Kids4Families Community HealthCore Region 7 Career & Technical Education CTE
East Texas Food Bank Kilgore College Tyler Junior College
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If you would like to attend, please REGISTER HERE.
Registration deadline is January 22, 2024.  On the day of the event, arrive at 8:30 a.m. to check in.
District personnel will register through the Region 7 ESC workshop system.  Once registered, we will reach out to you to get student information.