Welcome to the Southern Illinois 2022 Earth Day Teen Summit and Maker Faire!

POSTPONED - STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES

The Green Venture Fest aims to inspire, educate and empower our youth
to solve problems and become leaders in our communities.
This is a brand new combination of curated activities and programs
to build the cooperative energy of our youth:

Teen Summit: student-led discussions on topics relevant to teens and their power to make positive change
Team Building: fun activities to bring all attendees together and build trust
Education: presentations, demonstrations, workshops and movie screenings on Earth Day-related topics
Maker Faire: an opportunity for students to come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’re learning;
this is an official Maker FaireMobile Maker, a group from Indiana with a working maker space built in a container unit
will be on hand for demonstrations and workshops.

POSTPONED

The April 23 Teen Summit and Maker Faire is postponed. We will provide updates soon!

You can still sign up to attend or sponsor if you want to get an email once we set the rescheduled date.

Students, Schools an Clubs: Sign Up

You can register to attend for just you or your whole group, reserve a space for an exhibit or production, and arrange transportation for you or your group.

Each hour of the event will include education, team-building and creativity activities. Agenda will be announced the week of the 18th.

Teens in high school and college are welcome to attend and participate. Teachers, facilitators and parents can sign up a group and/or reserve space for an exhibit or production and also attend.

If you need transportation to the event, we can help with that, just let us know in the signup form.

The theme is “Green Venturing,” or Earth Day, although the theme is not required to participate in the Maker Faire.

Adults: Please help out!

Helping our youth create their best future is a community project! Please think about how you or your organization can help out. Please email amy@theclimateeconomy.com or call 618 713 2896 or:

  1. Can you bring a group from your school or community? Click the button below, then click “Register Today.”
  2. Can you donate to the event? Please hit the button below then click “Sponsor Us.”
  3. Other ways to help:
  • Do you have a suggestion for the agenda?
  • Can you help students who have maker/creative/inventive/artistic projects participate in the maker faire?
  • Do you have a business or organization that can offer resources to students?
  • Are you a local organization that has regular or summer community programs for teens?

Click the button below, then click “Sponsor Us” (there is an option for non-financial sponsorship) and let us know what you can do to help.

THANK YOU!

Organizing Sponsors

Please note: this is the first year for this event. Please be patient with us, and understand that we welcome any suggestions, ideas or support you and/or your organization may offer. Please call 618 713 2896 if you’d like to discuss further.

Big Thanks To Summit Sponsors!

Please be sure to show our sponsors some love.

Financial Sponsors

Event Partners

Sing Up To Attend or Sponsor

Organizers from the Denmon Center and The Climate Economy Education Inc would like to welcome you all to the first annual Earth Day Teen Summit and Maker Faire!

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022 – Day After Earth Day
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Dentmon Center, 880 High Street, Carbondale IL 62901
Audience: Students, school groups, and youth clubs from all over Southern Illinois are invited to attend! You can just attend or you can request a table for your exhibit (as part of the Maker Faire).

The day after Earth Day, this event aims to educate, inspire and energize our youth, and empower them to solve problems and make positive change in our communities. Students can participate in discussions, show off their “making” talents from art and music to robotics, share information about their clubs or groups, and learn great stuff about making a difference!

Students, high schools, youth clubs and all teens are welcome to attend! You can sign up individually at the link above or through your school or club if you know of one signing up students.

If you are an adult, please share with teens, makers, schools, youth groups and potential sponsors. (And thank you!)
Also Adults, we are working with the Jackson County Mass Transit District to pick up and bring home students on the day of the event, so please get in touch if you’d like to sign up your student(s). 618 713 2896 Finally adults, if you are a maker and want to share your awesomeness to inspire teens, please also call the number above.

Thanks to our sponors, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois Humanities and Southern Illinois Community Foundation!

The day’s activities will include:
—Teen Summit: student-led discussions on topics relevant to teens and their power to make positive change
—Team Building: fun activities to bring all attendees together and build trust
—Education: presentations, demonstrations, workshops and movie screenings on Earth Day-related topics
—Maker Faire: an opportunity for students to come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’re learning; this is an official Maker Faire (https://makerfaire.com/); Mobile Maker (https://www.maker13.com/), a group from Indiana with a working maker space built in a container unit will be on hand for demonstrations and workshops.

The day’s activities will include:

  • Teen Summit: student-led discussions on topics relevant to teens and their power to make positive change
  • Team Building: fun activities to bring all attendees together and build trust
  • Education: presentations, demonstrations, workshops and movie screenings on Earth Day-related topics
  • Maker Faire: an opportunity for students to come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’re learning; this is an official Maker Faire. Mobile Maker, a group from Indiana with a working maker space built in a container unit will be on hand for demonstrations and workshops.

Participating high schools or youth groups that either already have or want to start a maker club can get a one-year free membership in the Make Organization, with more details available on the website. Businesses and community organizations are welcome to support the event by participating or donating, or helping to spread the word.
The full agenda for the event will be announced the week of April 18th.

Maker Faire

This event is an official Maker Faire Event! Carbondale Community High School’s Maker Club has been helping to organize the event from the start, which is why their name is on the logo, but this event is for ALL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOLS and COLLEGE AGE MAKERS! Makers, clubs, schools, students register here (where it says “Register Today”). In the registration form you can please let us know if you want a table or exhibit space and if you need a ride. we will have some prizes for some “Earth Day” themed categories, and others. We may also have space for adult makers so go ahead and register and we’ll be in touch.

We are excited to report that the Maker Mobile group will be in attendance:

All schools, clubs and individuals can access and use for free the Green Venturing / Make Projects Hub.

Do you have a Maker Club at your school or want to start one? GREAT!! The first ten schools or maker clubs to sign up will receive one year of MAKE membership, which includes:

  • Membership to Make: Community
  • Access to online content, including project curriculum and video library, throughout the year
  • Opportunities for field trips with awesome makers from across the globe!
  • Access to the School Maker Faire Organizer Network with direct chat and communication functions.
  • Digital Subscription to Make: magazine, full digital archive (you as the primary contact can designate an address to receive the print version)
  • Access to educator events, classes, kits, Make: magazine, and Make: books.
  • A monthly Maker Education newsletter.

 

 

Become a Sonsor!

This is an exciting, challenging time for our youth! We need to show them our support and help them to blaze a trail for our communities’ futures. You can sponsor financially or in kind. Here is the budget and what is covered so far:

 Total 
Food$2,500Donated IN-KIND
Maker Faire Fee$1,000$100/high school, https://makerfaire.com/ global org provides marketing and other event assistance and memberships to participating schools’ maker clubs; The Climate Economy has a bespoke project site on their “projects” website at https://makeprojects.com/project/green-venturing-hub that can be used to get student projects online
Mobile Maker$3,000This is an estimate for https://www.maker13.com/ to bring their “Mobile Maker,” a container with maker equipment and workshops related to our audience
Audio/Visual$2,000We want snappy aud/vis and we will get a student group to do it, donate the funds to their club
Event Marketing$2,000We will get a student group to do it, donate funds to their club
Video Documentary$2,000We will get a student group to do it, donate funds to their club
Event Supplies$1,000 
Dentmon Center Rental$5,000Venue donated IN-KIND by Dentmon Center
Overall Event Organization$5,000Donated IN-KIND by The Climate Economy Education Inc
Stipends for student volunteers at event$1,000Small gift cards for student volutneers from local businesses
TOTAL$23,500 
Raised In-Kind$12,500 
Raised Financial Sponsorships$2,500 
TOTAL FUNDS RAISED$15,000 

 

Sponsorship Levels – All Sponsorships Tax Deductible

Organizers: The Dentmon Center, The Climate Economy Education Inc

Gold: $1,000: Benefits include getting logo/business name/link listed on the website, printed materials, press releases; brief announcements/demonstrations and visuals at the event; table at event

Silver: $500: Benefits include getting logo/business name/link listed on the website, printed materials, press releases; visuals at event, table at event

Bronze $300: Benefits include getting business name/link listed on the website, printed materials, press releases; visuals at event

To sponsor, please email amy@theclimateeconomy.com. The Climate Economy is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible nonprofit.

Become a Sponsor

You can choose one of the three levels or choose a custom amount. Thank you!

Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2022
Carbondale, Illinois
Media Contact: Kamaria Harmon, kamaria.harmon@siu.edu, 708 417 5049
Event information: http://greenventuring.earth/

First Annual Southern Illinois Teen Summit and Maker Faire in Carbondale Saturday, April 23

Youth-led discussion forums, education, team-building and an official Maker Faire to inspire and energize local youth

CARBONDALE, IL—On Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the first annual Southern Illinois Teen Summit and Maker Faire will take place in-person at the Dentmon Center in Carbondale, Illinois. The day after Earth Day, this event aims to educate, inspire and energize our youth, and empower them to solve problems and make positive change in our communities. This event is organized by local nonprofits The Dentmon Center and The Climate Economy Education Inc. 

Thanks to sponsorships from Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois Humanities, and the organizers, the event is free and open to all high-school and college-age students in the region. Sponsorships are still open. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and door prizes and other swag will be given out. Work is being done to shuttle students from farther reaches of the region including Murphysboro, Marion, Harrisburg, Cairo and East St. Louis. People can learn more about the event, how to participate, volunteer or sponsor at http://greenventuring.earth/.

Students from Carbondale Community High School’s Maker Club have been helping to organize, and they are hoping that students from all over the region will be able to attend. This is a student driven, student run and community supported event where participants can feel safe to express themselves openly.  

The day’s activities will include:

  • Teen Summit: student-led discussions on topics relevant to teens and their power to make positive change
  • Team Building: fun activities to bring all attendees together and build trust
  • Education: presentations, demonstrations, workshops and movie screenings on Earth Day-related topics
  • Maker Faire: an opportunity for students to come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’re learning; this is an official Maker Faire (https://makerfaire.com/); Mobile Maker (https://www.maker13.com/), a group from Indiana with a working  maker space built in a container unit will be on hand for demonstrations and workshops. 

High school students or groups that want to participate in the maker faire can contact the organizers or sign up online. At CCHS, student counselors are helping to sign up students. Adult makers who have an exhibit and a workshop to share with students are welcome to contact the organizers. Participating high schools or youth groups that either already have or want to start a maker club can get a one-year free membership in the Make Organization, with more details available on the website. Businesses and community organizations are welcome to support the event by participating or donating, or helping to spread the word.

The full agenda for the event will be announced the week of April 18th.

Aaron Lee, a co-organizer of the summit and faire, says the ultimate goal is to empower young people to understand they can invoke change in their communities and can be leaders for generations to follow. “The participants should leave the summit with a sense of accomplishment and validation that they make a difference in their future as it relates to issues like climate change, race, ethnicity, social media, violence against women, and gender identity,” Lee said.

Amy McMorrow Hunter, CEO of The Climate Economy and co-organizer says that this is just the beginning of this movement. “We are helping to build a youth-led program with year-round resources where students can get involved, work together, put their ideas to work in the real world and make a difference,” McMorrow Hunter said. 

For more information and to register to attend or sponsor, please visit the Teen Summit and Maker Faire website. For questions regarding the event contact Amy McMorrow Hunter amy@theclimateeconomy.com, 618 713 2896, or Aaron Lee lee.aaron83@yahoo.com. We would like to thank Kamaria Harmon of SIU Carbondale for her help with media relations.

The Justin Dentmon Athletic Center, https://www.thedentmoncenter.com/ 

Dentmon Center promotes physical fitness in a fun, safe, and clean environment. We are the top Sports Complex in the Southern Illinois area, offering sports programs, training clinics, and a first-class fitness center. Our facilities are also available for rentals at selected times for personal events. As the most innovative sports facility in Southern Illinois, Dentmon Center is the premier destination for individuals, families, athletes, and businesses. With more than 35,000 square feet of usable space under one roof, our unique capacity creates an unparalleled experience for our guests.

The Climate Economy Education Inc, https://theclimateeconomy.com/ 

The Climate Economy is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit for education and experimentation on business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. Our mission is to empower every individual, through youth-led community-based generative change, to build wealth and live their purpose in service to all life on earth, nurturing nature and human well-being. We provide a growing variety of educational programs and resources for youth, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, changemakers, communities and businesses.