One day dedicated to the power of peace

Every autumn, hundreds of youth from across the Mid-South converge in Memphis to explore the principal teachings of two of history’s most influential leaders: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Together youth and presenters find peace, resolve conflict, and build bridges. 

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The 2016 Gandhi-King High School Youth Conference for 9th-12th graders will be held at Rhodes College on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In line with this year’s theme, “Getting To The Roots Of YOUR Community”, students in grades 9-12 from across the Mid-South will deepen leadership skills through collaboration, listening and empathy as they explore community issues affecting youth and how to work with community leaders to help enact change.

Focus areas will include:
Increasing youth voice in our communities
• Building youth voice in schools
Strengthening youth and police relations
Standing against sexual harassment and assault
LGBTQ, gender and sexuality issues affecting youth

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the 2016 Gandhi-King High School Youth Conference, and you can complete yours online now!

Schools, youth organizations, and faith based youth groups are welcome to attend, and group rates are available. For group registration info, contact Tonya Reece, Bridge Builder CONNECT Coordinator, at

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The 2016 Gandhi-King Middle School Youth Conference
for students in 6th-8th grades will be held at the BRIDGES Center on Friday, Sept. 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s middle school conference theme, “YOU Are What’s Needed”, will help students practice principles of positive social change instituted by Gandhi and Dr. King, such as how to lead through collaboration, examining the root cause of community issues, implementing change in the community, and the role of leadership support. Youth will participate in a Community Fair with various community organizations that offer volunteer and education programs. The Fair will offer school chaperones a chance to connect with community organizations to build future partner relations between schools and these organizations.

bb16_gk-middle-school-web-logoSchool and faith-based groups are welcome to attend. For group registration info, please contact Tonya Reece, Bridge Builder CONNECT Coordinator at

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Complete yours online now!