September 2, 2018
September 3, 2018 - November 03, 2018
(ID checked at door)
FREE (up to 18 years)
A transformative, groundbreaking Youth Well-Being Summit that will gather teens, young adults, parents, educators, the curious, and anyone interested in helping our young people thrive and flourish. We will share well-being tools, practices and ideas that can be applied to their lives, to make them happier, more meaningful and fulfilling.
The summit features 10+ speakers -- some of the worlds leading thinkers, educators, physicians and researchers from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Riverdale School, and The Jed Foundation.
This groundbreaking Youth Well-Being Summit signals a new transformative journey for parents, educators and students. You will discover new models and tools for well-being and character education. You will make long-lasting connections, and discover new ideas and practices that will awaken the best in your teens and young adults.
Join us, and learn what visionary changemakers are doing to help teens and young adults seek and give help, navigate mental health challenges, and prepare them emotionally to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this important movement to help our kids survive, thrive and flourish.
She has published a series of science-based children’s books featuring Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo - Super Surgeon on the Go, which have been embraced by children and educators across the country and various parts of the world. Ultimately, Dr. Williams envisions that all children will internalize the ‘Habits of Positivity’ modeled in the books, which builds towards a belief system that ‘Not Even the Sky is the Limit!’
Dr. Williams did her early education in Guyana and Barbados and credits her science teacher Mom and journalist Dad for her early love of science and writing. She completed her MD, MPH at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and general surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dominic A.A. Randolph is Riverdale's sixth Head of School and a leader in the international character education movement. Randolph is a co-founder of the nonprofit educational research organization, Character Lab, along with Dave Levin '88, founder of the KIPP charter schools, and Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the best-selling book, Grit. Randolph has been featured in World Class: Tackling the 10 Greatest Challenges in Schools Today edited by David James and Ian Warwick, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough and Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids For The Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.
Randolph is a steering committee member of the International Positive Education Network, and a board member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium. Randolph is a member of the leadership team of nXU, an out-of-school program that helps highly promising NYC high school students explore, identify, and pursue their life purpose. Randolph has written on character and opportunity for the Brookings Institute.
Known as an innovator, Randolph, a Harvard graduate is the founder of Plussed+, a learning experience design studio based at Riverdale. Working with IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio, Plussed+ developed The Teachers Guild, a platform for creating and sharing new teaching strategies. Also with IDEO, Randolph collaborated on the Design-Thinking Toolkit for Educators, and The Purpose Project, a digital platform in beta testing designed to help students use design-thinking methods to prototype their purpose.
Prior to Randolph's appointment in 2007, he served as assistant head master at The Lawrenceville School and worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. At Riverdale, his work has focused on curriculum development, interdisciplinary studies and design thinking, and the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning, character development, and positive psychology.
Psychologist Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices. She is also knowledgeable in how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life.
Currently the big project of Dr. Santos, is to positively influence the culture of Yale University by teaching happiness and well-being. She created a course so meaningful that it became the most popular class taken at Yale in over 316 years.
In her course, Psychology and the Good Life, Santos teaches her 1200 students about behavioral change through positive psychology. Dr. Santos wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less and increase social connections. She believes that those positive habits will decrease mental health issues on campus and create happier and more motivated students.
Her numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship include the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. She has been a featured TED speaker and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Her scientific work has appeared in Psychological Science, The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and more.