Youth Leadership Summit

Each fall, Champions for Kids gathers with Northwest Arkansas high school students, corporate teams, nonprofit leaders, and volunteers for a day of service learning. Students meet with representatives from local nonprofit organizations to learn about the issues affecting children in their communities, then design service projects to help local children thrive. After the event, student teams implement their service projects and report back to Champions for Kids for a chance to win a grant for their partner organization. Students from Lincoln High School performed this creative project for Lifesource International.

Youth Leadership Summit 2015

Nonprofits Participating in Youth Leadership Summit 2015

CASA of Northwest Arkansas

Habitat for Humanity of Benton County


One Community

Teen Action & Support Center

Yvonne Richardson Center

Led by Dr. Blake Brandes and Ivy LaClair

Dr. Blake Brandes

Dr. Blake Brandes

Dr. Blake Brandes is a leadership expert, motivational speaker, hip-hop educator, and music producer. He was the recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, one of the most competitive postgraduate awards in the world, which he used to complete his Master’s and PhD on hip-hop and global youth cultures at the University of Kent in England. Blake also runs a blog called The Up Beat, where he publishes rap videos and blog posts on motivational topics.

Ivy LaClair

Ivy LaClair

Ivy LaClair currently serves as VP of Decrypt Productions and oversees the development of two major brands: youth motivational speaker, Blake Brandes, and Motivational Millennial, an organization designed to help members of the Millennial generation live life with a sense of purpose and achieve their dreams. Ivy’s background is in life coaching, strategic planning, marketing, branding, PR, event planning, organizational development, and leadership.

Presented by


Venue sponsor

Horton Farms

Product sponsors

Bedford Camera & Video
Diamond Foods
Everett Chevrolet
Flowers Foods
General Mills
Kettle Brand
Krispy Kreme