ReThink everything.
Youth will show us the way.

ReThink Youth – a Kauffman Foundation + KCSIC collaboration – is a new convening, an extension of Kauffman’s Rethink ED annual gathering, designed and run by students to elevate and explore the power of youth voice in changing education. Students will be selecting the date of the event to be held in early 2021. 

Origin Story

In 2018, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation launched the Rethink ED conference to bring together all the stakeholders in education – business leaders, educators, parents, community leaders, high school students, and national experts – to help rethink education, by collaboratively creating tools, resources, and knowledge to better support communities that empower the makers, doers, and dreamers in our communities and our students.

Now, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, we’re launching ReThink Youth – a virtual, youth-fueled conference dedicated to elevating youth voice. ReThink Youth will challenge all of us to re-imagine, re-design, re-build, and re-engage with the education system – all through the lens and leadership of local students.

Youth Voice Takes Center Stage

Youth voice helps to democratize the classroom, boost student empowerment and engagement through choice, and it’s what lies at the heart of the ReThink Youth experience. 

ReThink Youth connects students through their own design and learning journey, creating a hub of youth-fueled innovation, and a model of collaboration for youth engagement, all while offering a real-world learning journey that ends in the successful production of youth-led original content that can spur change, increase youth agency, and deliver real outcomes for education.

Principle Organizers

William Dowdell

Senior Director, KCSIC

Kaylee Peile

Marketing Manager, KCSIC

Josh Judin

Graphic Design Intern, KCSIC

Catie Franano

Social Media Intern, KCSIC

Presenting Schools

  • Crossroads Preparatory Academy
  • DeLaSalle Education Center
  • East High School
  • Fort Osage High School
  • Hogan Preparatory Academy
  • Liberty High School
  • Liberty North High School
  • Northeast High School
  • Summit Future Foundation


William Dowdell => william at
Rethink Team => rethink at

Quick Links

RY School Prep Kit – coming soon
RY Conference Guide – coming soon
RY Event Registration – coming soon