On Saturday, February 6, 2016 HWC hosted the 5th Annual Youth Development Summit. It was a great success and there were about 80 participants. The summit has a very strong youth activist focus and there were many young people alongside 13 agencies who provide programs and services for young people across the whole of Chicago. Professor Michael Heathfield gave a brief keynote speech and welcomed everyone to HWC.
The opening highlight was a very emotional and powerful Summit Kickoff Speech by Esme Calderon. The young woman shared her story of childhood abuse and her wonderful re-emergence into the world with a GED and degree program with the significant support and guidance of Institution of Justice & Leadership Academy.