BRIDGES Debuts National Summit For High School Youth

Posted by knetzler on Feb 15, 2018

200+ young organizers for social change convene in Memphis for the inaugural Bridge Builders National Youth Action Summit, Feb. 22-25.

Youth organizers and activists from Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Albuquerque, San Francisco and other cities will converge on Memphis for the inaugural Bridge Builders Youth Action Summit (YAS), a national convening by and for youth leaders for social change, Feb. 22-25.

YAS is an invitational “unconference” designed and led by its high school age youth participants, including Bridge Builders CHANGE fellows from the host organization BRIDGES. At a time when student activism on issues such DACA, gun control, and environmental protection is proving more powerful than ever, the inaugural summit is an opportunity for diverse young change makers to share and learn from one another’s work, elevate youth voice, and increase the impact of youth action on a national scale.

Youth-led trainings and workshops will include subjects such as immigration reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, peace organizing to combat violence, building coalitions across political divides, and establishing effective youth-adult partnerships.

YAS will also include a Saturday night performance, streamed as an official Facebook Live partner event, by youth activist and hip hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and other national and local acts. It will also feature the official anthem of summit, the Oscar-nominated “Stand Up for Something” by Diane Warren, Andra Day and Common from the film Marshall.

The Bridge Builders National Youth Action Summit is supported by The Wallace Action Fund, The Tides Foundation, The California Endowment, The Hyams Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and Facebook Live, among others.

YAS 2018 partners include Indi Media, The United State of Women, Golden Bridge, Climbing Poetree, the Southwest Organizing Project, Innercity Struggle, the Community Coalition, and many more.

The Inaugural Bridge Builders Youth Action Summit
Feb. 22-25, 2018
Memphis, TN
At The Jim Boyd BRIDGES Center and The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

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Media representatives are welcome to the summit on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. For a detailed breakdown of daily schedules and locations or to arrange interviews and coverage, email Director of Communications Kat Netzler or call 901.260.3714.