Hundreds Expected At Bridge Builders Youth Ignite Memphis Event Saturday

Posted by knetzler on Jan 08, 2017

This MLK weekend, the 3rd annual student competition will showcase youth-powered proposals for positive community change.

Six student presenters. Six innovations for social change in Memphis. Five minutes each. Who will win?

Find out Saturday, Jan. 14, at the 3rd annual Youth Ignite Memphis event, presented by Bridge Builders CHANGE’s Memphis Youth Union.

Youth Ignite is a competition designed to elevate and activate youth-led initiatives to make the Greater Memphis area stronger, safer, more beautiful, and more just for us all. Winners will earn funding, advertisements and support to help turn their ideas into action.

This year’s line-up features proposals on everything from art education to gender- neutral school dress code reforms. The program will also feature an update from a member of Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change, a 2016 Youth Ignite Memphis winner. In addition, Bridge Builders CHANGE youth interns will share their 2017 campaigns in the areas of sexual assault and harassment prevention, gender and sexuality equality, educational justice, youth voice in the community, and youth and police relations.

“Not only do youth have a platform here at Youth Ignite, but other civic leaders and community organizers will be present and impassioned to promote youth and adult equity,” said Memphis Youth Union member Arden Farr. “Change needs to happen now, and our community cannot wait any longer for the social change we as youth can create.”

WHAT: Bridge Builders Youth Ignite Memphis
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m.
WHERE: The Jim Boyd BRIDGES Center, 477 N. Fifth St., Memphis

Visit our website for more information, and to view a video recap of Youth Ignite Memphis 2016.

Interviews with student event organizers and/or youth presenters can be arranged upon request. Please email BRIDGES Director of Communications Kat Netzler prior to the event.