Emerging Leaders’ Summit


The 2021 ATC Emerging Leaders’ Summit strengthens connections between young leaders and their networks; sparks momentum for youth movements at the intersection of nature and climate justice; and provides a space for artistic creation and performance utilizing the outdoors and the Appalachian Trail as a muse.


Summit Goals

The Emerging Leaders’ Summit will provide trainings sessions, panels, and inspirational speakers to connect with participants to build community, gain skills, and share stories through creative expression.  Each day includes powerful keynote panels & presenters, mindful movement breaks and opportunities for action.

Under 18? Release form for minors

Release form for minors is required to participate in the Summit

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The #ATCEmergingLeadersSummit is only a few weeks away! A three-day virtual experience centered around young people (ages 14-35), the Summit features workshops and networking events that provide space for discussion on nature and climate justice, and artistic creation. Register: appalachiantrail.org/summit


Join #yourATC for our annual Emerging Leaders’ Summit (Aug. 11-13, 2021), which
engages young people in strengthening connections to nature and climate justice, and artistic expression! #ATCtheFuture Learn more:appalachiantrail.org/summit

Participation in Sessions

Please be on time to respect our presenters. Please keep your microphone muted until the presenter asks for questions, collaboration and/or discussion. Some sessions will be recorded (as per the consent form in your registration) and you are always welcome to remove your video and/or leave the call if you are uncomfortable. Please note that registration is capped at 500, and some sessions are capped based on session content and speaker choice.


Be sure to download the free, official Whova app: https://whova.com/portal/atyls_202106

Through the app, you’ll be able to:

  • View the event agenda and plan your schedule
  • Access Livestreams and Videos directly within sessions and utilize the session Q&A
  • Set up Virtual meet-ups with your fellow attendees to connect remotely
  • Create and converse through various Discussion Topics in the Community Board
  • Receive updates such as last-minute room changes from the organizers
  • Get presentation documents and slides (if the event organizer uploaded them)
  • Check out the Whova app user guide here.