The Stone Soup Leadership Institute announced this week that the Menemsha Inn will host the Vineyard’s first youth summit for sustainable development. The summit will be held from June 26 to July 2; 50 young people aged 16 to 23 will envision their future and learn to become leaders of a more sustainable world.
This is the institute’s sixth youth summit. Founded on the Vineyard in 1997, the institute has a history of working with Island schools, nonprofits and the community. Walter Cronkite 4th is honorary cochairman, carrying on his grandfather’s leadership for the last decade.
Owned by Bob and Sarah Nixon, the Menemsha Inn has served as a conference facility for business and education leaders, including from Harvard University. The inn dates to 1921.
This year’s youth summit has a connection to a special global leader. Around the bend from the inn is the former home of Joseph and Trude Lash, who hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt walked on the nearby beach where Marianne Larned found the stone that led her to write the book Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes. In 1997 Mrs. Lash worked with Ms. Larned to create one of the stories about Mrs. Roosevelt titled, She Kept Her Promises. In 2000, the institute’s first Eleanor Roosevelt award was presented by Trude Lash to Vineyard youth Jainaba Sundman at the celebration of heroes awards ceremony with Walter Cronkite.
“With its up-Island tranquility and inspiring views, the inn is an ideal place for the youth summit where young people will learn to become leaders,” said Ms. Larned in the announcement. “We’re very grateful to the Nixons for their generous support. We invite everyone to pitch in stone-soup-style to help us build the next generation of Island leaders.”
To nominate a youth delegate or be a sponsor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information online visit mvyli.org or menemshainn.com.