SUMMITS OF THE PAST
Hawai'i Children and Youth Summits of the Past:
Traditionally the Children and Youth Summit sponsored by the State of Hawai'i Legislature's Keiki Caucus and the Hawai'i Youth Service Network has been a single day event held at the Hawai'i State Capitol Building with participants included from around the State of Hawai'i. The idea of the event has been to allow youth to take over the legislative auditorium and various meeting spaces in order to discuss issues of concern to youth participants and determine priorities to make recommendations on to the Keiki Caucus who then determines what action can be recommended to the State of Hawai'i House and Senate.
Previous Priorities of the Summit:
Several priorities from Children and Youth Summits of the past have moved on to become Hawai'i State Law, or have been advanced as a legislative resolution. These have included:
Lowering the age of consent for youth mental health services to the age of 14, allowing for youth in need of mental health services to seek assistance without involving parents.
Requiring gender-neutral restrooms on all public school campuses (legislation drafted for 2020 legislative session, however due to shutdown in response to COVID 19 this item has been tabled until the upcoming legislative session.)
Passing the "One Million Trees" resolution promoting environmental advocacy by pushing to plant 1 million trees in the State of Hawai'i.