Illuminate: Student Summit on Wellness

Who

  • Attendees are only accepted in the form of school teams with four (4) to eight (8) total members. Teams must include:
    • A minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) high school student leaders in grades 9–12 (e.g., NHS students, student council members or any student group leaders)
    • At least one adviser (e.g., NHS adviser, student council adviser or club/activity adviser)
    • At least one school leader (e.g., assistant principal, principal, dean of students or activity director)
  • Note – You do NOT have to be a member of NASSP, NHS, or NatStuCo to attend.
  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants with complete information will be prioritized.

What

NASSP is excited to announce a new event, Illuminate: Student Leadership Summit on Wellness. For the first time ever, we will convene school teams across the country to advance groundbreaking, student-led ideas for challenges that they identify related to wellbeing and mental health. Student leaders will leave feeling empowered and energized to enact real change in their school communities.

Over the course of the Summit, student leaders will identify and prioritize an issue at their schools and propose realistic solutions. The teams’ experience culminates with producing a comprehensive action plan that defines their rationale and outlines next steps for implementation working towards change.

Summit participants must commit to:

  • Attending the entire summit (begins 7 a.m. on Friday, November 11 and ends 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13) with the total number of participants indicated in your registration.
  • Taking steps following summit participation to implement an action plan.
  • Staying connected with NASSP to share successes and challenges of implementation (student blogs, social media postings/local newspaper articles, surveys, future networks and events, etc.)

When

November 11-13, 2022

Where

Hyatt Regency
Crystal City, VA

  • Room rate
    • Single – Triple: $149 + 15% tax
    • Quad: $194 + 15% tax
  • Rooms are available through the NASSP block (up to 5 rooms per team)
  • Housing will open on September 15.

Cost

Illuminate is a FREE event.

  • A $250 commitment fee (credit card only) will be charged during registration. This fee will be returned at the completion of the event.
  • Participants must secure funding for travel, lodging, and meals that are not included.
  • Meals included: Friday breakfast and lunch, Saturday breakfast, and Sunday breakfast. Friday and Saturday dinners and Saturday lunch are on your own.

How To Register

Registration is open. School teams must be registered by one of the faculty sponsors (adviser or school leader).

See Who for more information on building your team.

Space is limited! Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants with complete information will be prioritized—please be sure to have your school team’s information ready to go.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


FAQs

Why attend?

Participants will:

  • Receive the time, space, training, and tools to collaborate and develop ideas to put them into action.
  • Build relationships with fellow student leaders and educators that will become your network for support during and after the Summit.
  • Hear from renowned mental health and resilience expert Deborah Gilboa, MD.
  • Obtain resources and support from national partner organizations specializing in Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing (e.g., Work2BeWell and #ICanHelp) to help advance proposed work.

What meals are included?

  • Four meals are included: Friday breakfast and lunch, Saturday breakfast, and Sunday breakfast. Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner are on your own.

I am a student; can I attend on my own?

  • No, school teams must include at least two students, one faculty sponsor and one school leader. See Who for more information on building your team.

I am an adviser or a principal; can I attend on my own?

  • No, school teams must include at least two students, one faculty sponsor and one school leader. See Who for more information on building your team.

How much does it cost to attend?

  • Illuminate is a FREE event. A $250 commitment fee (credit card only) will be charged during registration. This fee will be returned at the completion of the event. Participants must secure funding for travel, lodging, and meals not included.

Why are you charging a commitment fee?

  • Because space is limited for this free event, we ask that registrants commit by providing a $250, refundable fee. We will only accept credit cards, and the fee will be returned at the completion of the event with the team’s participation including the total number of participants as indicated in your registration.
  • When registering, participants must commit to attending the entire event (begins 7 a.m. on Friday, November 11 and ends 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13) with the total number of participants indicated in your registration.
  • It is critical that all registrants attend the event, as slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I register for one day only?

  • No, one-day registration is not available for this event.

What is the best airport to fly into?

Airports in proximity to the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA, include:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 1.6 miles
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 29.3 miles
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI): 37.5 miles

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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