Pass the Mic: Amplifying Youth Voice and Agency (2022)

Youth-Nex's 8th Conference! #YouthAct22

On October 25th & 26th, 2022, Youth-Nex will host their 8th Conference entitled “Pass the Mic: Amplifying Youth Voice and Agency” (#YouthAct22). Youth voice has become a popular rallying cry within youth development and education sectors. Yet despite their role as activists and changemakers throughout history, young people are not always supported by the systems and adults around them in enacting their agency. Too often, adolescents are disenfranchised by those settings that have the greatest impact on their day to day lives. This has both immediate consequences for youth, and long-term consequences for society. This conference is organized around the premise that, as a society, we all do better when youth have opportunities to actively engage and influence the systems around them. The conference will open with a panel of young people, speaking to the ways and places where they can and cannot utilize their voice and agency for the betterment of their own lives and communities. We will then hear from youth, educators, youth workers, researchers, and policy makers about efforts and constraints in amplifying youth voice and agency across a variety of domains, including health and well-being, education, juvenile justice and social systems, and politics, organizing, and civic life. We will also learn about several programs that seek to amplify youth voice and agency and the experiences of youth within those programs. If you use social media, please make sure to tag #YouthAct22 and Youth-Nex!

Conference Chairs: Wintre Foxworth Johnson, Ph.D and Nancy Deutsch, Ph.D.



Throughout this day and a half in-person only conference, participants may have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions, facilitated round tables, youth performances, and several calls to action. Panelists bios are now available. The confirmed conference schedule is included here.

Tuesday October 25th, 2022

  • 8:00-8:45 - Registration/Light breakfast
  • 8:45-9:15 - Welcome by EHD Dean & Nancy Deutsch
  • 9:15-10:30 - Panel 1: Youth Voice & Agency in the 21st Century
  • 10:30-10:45 - Break
  • 10:45-12:00 - Panel 2: Social & Justice Systems
  • 12:00-12:45 - Lunch
  • 12:45-1:00 - Presentation of the Portrait of a Thriving Youth
  • 1:00-2:00 - Break out discussion of the Portrait of a Thriving Youth
  • 2:00-2:15 - Break
  • 2:15-3:30 - Panel 3: Youth Voice & Agency in Schools
  • 3:30-3:45 - Break & snacks
  • 3:45-5:00 - Panel 4: Health & Well-being
  • 5:00 - Wrap-up

Wednesday October 26th, 2022

  • 8:30-9:00 - Light breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15 - Welcome back
  • 9:15-10:30 - Panel 5: Politics, Organizing, Civic Engagement
  • 10:30-10:45 - Break
  • 10:45-12:00 - Panel 6: Programs that Elevate Youth Voice & Agency
  • 12:00-12:30 - Close of conference call to action



Conference registration for attendees is now full and closed. A waitlist is available so please sign up here. You will be notified as space becomes available.

Cost: The invitation-only in-person event is free. 


  • Tuesday October 25th, 2022 from 8 AM to 5:00 PM: Light breakfast, and lunch provided
  • Wednesday October 26h, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Light breakfast provided

Dietary preferences can be requested on the registration form with adherence to registration deadline.

All or portions of the conference proceedings may be video-taped and/or photographed by Youth-Nex and media representatives. Attendance assumes this acknowledgment.


COVID Guidelines

Your health and safety is our priority, and we are planning this conference with the public health in mind. We are currently and will continue to monitor the on-going public health situation including COVID-19 numbers. We will update protocols this fall as needed, and at a minimum follow the UVA guidelines/recommendations (given the conference is hosted on campus). For past in-person events during the pandemic, we have required or strongly recommended masks indoors, vaccines and boosters, and a negative at-home COVID test on the honor system. The conference is being held in a large indoor space, with access to outdoor spaces. Food provided during the conference will be portable, so people can eat in locations and with spacing that make them most comfortable. If you have any questions, please reach out to



The conference will be held in-person at:
Alumni Hall, 211 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903



There will be NO parking at Alumni Hall. The nearest parking is located down the street, one-tenth of a mile south of Alumni Hall at Central Grounds Parking Garage (400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903) for an hourly fee through the ParkMobile app.

From Alumni Hall, go south on Emmet Street for 1/10 mile. Turn left into the garage. The garage is located between Thompson Road and McCormick Road.


Other Travel

Charlottesville is serviced by Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) which is approximately 20 minutes from the University. Other regional airports may be options including Richmond (RIC) about 60 minutes from Charlottesville, and Dulles (IAD) about 2 hours from Charlottesville.

Charlottesville (CVS) is serviced by Amtrak.


Lodging Options

Please note: Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging, while invited presenters should be working directly with Youth-Nex.


The Graduate - is approximately .7 miles, from the conference location
1309 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4333

Courtyard Charlottesville - University Medical Center Hotel (by Marriott)
1201 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 977-1700
Toll Free (800) 321-2211(we recommend you call the direct number above)

The Draftsman
1106 W. Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Homestays, like Airbnb or VBRO, are also available in Charlottesville



Youth-Nex is supported by a grant from Philip Morris USA, an Altria Company. We gratefully acknowledge this important support. The work of Youth-Nex is solely determined by the Center and is not meant to represent the official views of the sponsor.

About Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.