Youth empowerment is an essential component of a healthy global community. In placing power in the hands of adolescents to impact their community and peers on issues that are important to them, the next generation has the ability to inspire our society. With that in mind, Antoinette is host a for-students, by-students youth summit, where she envisions high school students creating a space for free thinking, discovery of a new voice, and new found power in ones words and actions within the youth community. Students hold the power to have an impact on themselves, on their peers and throughout their community. She hopes to address the lack of progressive and empowered voices within the DC youth community. The high rate of youth incarceration, drop-out rates, teenage pregnancy, and youth violence all contribute to the problem.