This May, over 500 junior high and high school students from Arizona and Sonora, Mexico will come together for the 3rd Annual Cross-Border Youth Summit on the campus of the University of Advancing Technology. These youth delegates will explore new innovations and media, collaborate on artistic and entrepreneurial projects, and continue to share their experiences, talents, and ambitions with each other. Let's continue to empower these young leaders with the tools and inspiration to change lives.


















    CBYS 2018 Recap
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  • What is the Cross-Border Youth Summit?

    Commerce. Inclusion. Leadership. Awareness. Music!

    Every day, politicians, business leaders, and community advocates on both sides of the Mexico-United States border make decisions they hope will improve the lives of future generations. What does the future generation think of these decisions? What can politicians, business leaders, and community advocates learn from the youth of both countries? Research on Generation Z or the “Plurals” – the uniquely diverse and commercially powerful generation born after 1997 – suggests that they have a lot to teach.

    The Cross-Border Youth Summit is an opportunity to bring together Plurals from Mexico and the United States to share experiences and propose solutions on topics ranging from prejudice and bullying to commerce, education, and media.


    This chalk art was created at CBYS 2018 as the
    youth presented their statements.

  • Cross-Border Hip Hop Festival

    CBYS closing ceremonies and a celebration with local multicultural hip-hop artists and DJ's performing for students and special guests.








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  • 2020 Partners

    CBSY is made possible by these generous supporters.
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  • 2019 Partners

    CBSY 2019 was made possible by these generous supporters.

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    Inquire about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

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  • Past Events


    A festival of short films and animation for the children's audience from new filmmakers and film students from Arizona and around the country. Special guests include representatives from Cartoon Network and other major children's media conglomerates. The films are for kids, but the event is for adults!

    Wednesday, June 1 2016 6:30pm
    Valley Bar, Downtown Phoenix