posted Jan 14, 2016, 5:10 AM by Dan Thiede
updated Jan 14, 2016, 5:11 AM
The daylong Outfront Minnesota Youth Summit event is for high school students in grades 9-12. The morning includes a large group session and workshops on the various topics, which were created by students and will be led by students. The date and location have been officially set for Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Saint Paul College.
Last year's Youth Summit was so amazing! Some of you might remember last year's keynote speaker and Gala Courage Award Winner, Zeam Porter. Zeam started last year's Youth Summit with some thoughts on youth in activism. We hope you'll get inspired all over again:
"It is often said that youth are the energy of the movement. But we are so much more...As youth we are in a unique position because we not only face or feel (oppression) we are being taught it. It is almost as though we have a front row seat to a movie that explicitly maps out the systematic silencing of our voices. Yet we are told we are too young to act, too young to create our own films. We are told to just consume the hatred screened and to shut up...
"It is easier to remain ashamed because that is how we have been made to feel. Our collective shame stops us from fighting against the systems of oppression that cloud our education. But even after all of this, we as youth are powerful. Youth have power. We empower ourselves! Through starting our own social justice groups, de-centering whiteness in our schools’ GSAs and student governments and most importantly educating ourselves to gain our voices back we become that energy adults can’t ignore."