The Youth Worker Leadership Conference is an interactive and exciting event for high school students working with youth of all abilities. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, we will bring together approximately 250 high school-aged youth in the greater New York City area to honor and engage these young professionals. The Youth Worker Leadership Conference will include dynamic speakers, hands-on activities, and workshops, including…

  • Creating adaptive Zumba routines
  • Using creative and artistic tools to teach
  • Yoga as a tool for stress reduction

The conference is completely free to attend, though advanced registration is requested and a chaperone must attend with students under 18.



Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG). GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. Since 2014 GEIG has supported twelve students in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions of Ghana in their transition from basic school to junior high school. Five of the twelve girls are now enrolled in senior high school and the remaining seven will fully transition by the 2017/2018 academic year.Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, master’s in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non-profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York.Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, was listed among the 50 most influential people under 40 in Ghana in 2015, presented in 2015 at Tedex Accra, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, and the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana. She is also a 2016 fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative, Regional Leadership Center-Accra, Yali RLC.