Summit YMCA Takes High Schoolers to Women in the World Summit in NYC


The Summit YMCA partnered with Summit High School’s Y WILD club to bring a group of select high schoolers to the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit. The Women in the World Summit, in association with the New York Times, was held at Lincoln Center in New York City from April 5-7, 2017. Women activists, CEO’s, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, etc. shared their personal stories through vivid narratives and provocative discussions which helped to illuminate the many international issues facing women today.

Young women heard from such notable females as MILCK, L.A. based singer and songwriter who performed her original song ‘Quiet’ which became the anthem of the Women’s March on Washington DC. As well, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, spoke about raising feminists and Nikki Hailey, US Ambassador to the UN, discussed the many challenges with her top diplomatic job. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, celebrated Nigerian author, actress Scarlett Johansson and many others also spoke at this three day event.

“The Women in the World Summit is a must for everyone to go and see. You get an idea of what these amazingly strong women went through to get where they are today. They are an inspiration to everyone out there. If given a chance, I'd definitely go there again, “ said Summit High School Senior, Akanksha Patel.

This event is part of the Summit Area YMCA’s larger initiative to promote the advancement of middle school and high school females through a series of leadership, college and career events. The Summit Area YMCA’s commitment to youth development is to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Other innovative programs include Jr. Leader’s Club, Shark Tank, Achievers and Take Part. The Y provides services and programs for teens including but not limited to; teaching financial literacy, college and career preparation, business planning, motivational workshops, fun social events, and more.











The Summit Area YMCA also provides financial assistance for those seeking to participate in many of the Y's meaningful programs, including many of the teen programs and classes. Financial assistance is made possible through the generosity of community donors, members, and partners, whose gifts allow the Y to open its doors to serve everyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay. To inquire about financial assistance, please contact:

Summit YMCA:
Patty Facchinei
(908) 273-3330 ext. 1174


Berkeley Heights YMCA:
Maria Nolting
(908) 464-8373 ext. 2024


The Learning Circle YMCA
Marcia Khashayar
(908) 273-5670 ext. 5204


Please join us for our next event,  G.I.R.L Leadership Workshop scheduled for Friday, April 28th from 3:30-4:30 PM at Summit YMCA where girls ages 10-14 are invited to an interactive workshop that will give them the tools to navigate all kinds of relationships, gain confidence and learn to love themselves. To register or to learn more about these initiatives, please visit

G.I.R.L Leadership Workshop

 or call Julie Wagenblast, Teen and Youth Director at (908)273-3330 X1140 or



The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, our programs and services are open to all regardless of financial circumstance. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at