Youth Summit

Tuesday, July 23rd

The Zoo | Columbia, SC

Teens around South Carolina are becoming community leaders by making healthy change happen and taking a stand on other important issues. From making parks safe and available to people with disabilities to helping churches focus on health, teens are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people! Join us for the 7th Annual Youth Summit at the zoo and discover how you can influence change in your community.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and the HYPE Project are hosting the 7th Annual Youth Summit on July 23, 2019, to celebrate the work of HYPE Project teams and other youth-serving organizations in the state, who are creating positive change in their schools, churches, neighborhoods, and communities.

We’ll have inspirational speakers and activities that will help improve your leadership skills and give you ideas on local projects that can impact your community. Walk the zoo as you participate in a scavenger hunt and have a wildly good time!

Keynote Speaker

Moses Washington
Moses Washington, a native of Denmark, South Carolina, is a 2019 graduate of Morehouse College and a 2015 graduate of Denmark-Olar High School. At Morehouse College, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

He received the Gate Millennium Scholarship, a competitive full-ride scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was one of 11 recipients in the state of South Carolina and one of 1,000 nationwide to receive the scholarship. In 2018, he was selected as a Sidley Austin, LLP Pre-Law Scholar.

Moses was an active student at Morehouse College, having served on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association and as a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, where he was on the Student Affairs, Educational Policy, and Development committees. Additionally, Moses served as the President of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program at Morehouse College and as the President of the Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society.

Moses has an immense passion for public service, which recently stimulated him to start the Washington Foundation in 2017. The Washington Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the goal of changing the “Corridor of Shame” narrative placed on rural schools amongst the I-95 interstate line of South Carolina. His non-profit has achieved much success within the past years. It has held a Back-to-School Bash in 2017 and 2018, where over 400 school supply bags were given out to students of the Bamberg County area.

Moses plans to attend law school and continue the work of his foundation, in hopes of continuing to be the change in the community.


A limited number of scholarship opportunities are available! Please contact Trimease Carter at to learn more.