The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) is a single-day conference to help advance the achievements of Springfield High School students and help them gain access to higher education. YES sessions are broken into two tracks where students are separated by grade level focusing on social responsibility, community engagement, college access and identity development. These tracks are facilitated by Missouri State University staff and students as well as community members. The year’s program will take place Friday, October 20th 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm with lunch provided to all attendants. The conference is free and open to any student. This year’s them will be YES is LIT: Learn, Interact Transform. YES is planned by the NAACP Springfield Chapter, Multicultural Services in conjunction with Admissions and Enrollment Management and Springfield Public Schools.