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Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) racial justice youth summit brings together high school students from across the Dallas area to spark dialogue, awareness, engagement, and equip them to advocate for racial justice and equity in their schools, communities and beyond. We encourage students to deconstruct racism, analyze its role in our lives and world, and to develop practical and applicable ideas and strategies around creating racial justice through interactive workshops, constructive discussions and the development of an action plan for change.


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Join us for the 2017 Young Leaders,
Strong City
summit!

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Learn how to dismantle racism in your community with workshops led by local and national racial justice leaders, educators, and artists.
This year's summit will cover racial justice in the areas of:

Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture, and K(NO)W Justice




Join us for the 2017 Young Leaders,
Strong City
summit!

Who: Current High School students in grades 9-12

When: Saturday November 11th, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas TX 75209






2014 YLSC SUMMIT

IN 2014, THE FIRST ANNUAL YOUNG LEADERS, STRONG CITY SUMMIT
BROUGHT PIVOTAL DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE
AND EQUITY TO STUDENTS ACROSS THE DALLAS AREA






2014 Facilitators



The 2014 summit had an array of engaging
and dynamic workshops:


Telling Your Truth,
Telling Your Story

Students engaged in inquiry, dialogue, moving and making practices that yielded strategies for self-discovery and finding their voice. This workshop built their capacities for healing action and change while moving racial equity forward. Led by the international social justice dance company, Dance Exchange.


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Bust Up the School
to Prison Pipeline

This workshop explored the effects of various federal, state, local and school district punishments and education policies that push students out of school and bright futures into dropping-out and the criminal justice system. It deepened their understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline and develop strategies to bust it up.


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Love the Game. Change the Name: Facing Race in Sports

Led by Native American activist Jodi Voice, this workshop explored the use of Indigenous imagery as a mascot and the effect it has in society. The conversation was brought down to a local level here in Dallas as students examined the role race plays in sports and how young people can be advocates for social justice.


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The Booty Bump:
How Cultural Imagination
Shapes our Everyday Lives

Who is beautiful? What makes a real man? Through imagery, social media, pop culture and mainstream media portrayals of beauty and masculinity, students explored their understandings of men, women, color and race.


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Complex Movements: Nothing About Us Without Us: Youth, Truth, Art, and Action

Through questions, storytelling, and creative expression we will explore the relationship between art, music, media, and social justice movements. Complex Movements, an artist and organizing collective from Detroit will facilitate this session.



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Special Thanks To:





2015 YLSC SUMMIT

IN 2015, THE SECOND ANNUAL YOUNG LEADERS, STRONG CITY SUMMIT
BROUGHT PIVOTAL DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE
AND EQUITY TO STUDENTS ACROSS THE DALLAS AREA






2015 Facilitators



The 2015 summit had an extensive collection of thought-provoking seminars and workshops, such as...


Racism: A Better World Is Possible
with John Fullinwider


Anti-Islam Hate and the Islamophobia Political Machine


Complex Movements: Dallas' Future Envisioned
by the Future of Dallas


Anti-Islam Hate and the Islamophobia Political Machine


Confronting the Model Minority Myth


Challenging the Criminalization of Youth


Poetry Session with King Shakur


Intro to Power, Oppression and Identity


Making DREAMs Become a Reality


Public Art as a Cultural Organizing Strategy


Appropriate This


Urban Art in Pop Culture
with Buffalo Black


Current Movements/What's Next
with Alia Salem


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Special Thanks To:





2014 Summit Facilitators






Angela Ards

Angela Ards is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Ards has published extensively on African American literature and culture and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and its W.E.B Du Bois Institute for Research in African and African American Studies.

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Brian Larney

Brian Larney is a social justice advocate and a Choctaw citizen. He is the Chair of the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee.

[email protected]



Dr. Candice Bledsoe

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is a faculty member for the SMU Masters of Liberal Studies Program, and also serves as the Director of the Cutting Edge Youth Action Research Center. She specializes in race, gender, and global education.

[email protected]



Julianna Bradley

Julianna Bradley is a leadership development coach for young professionals devoted to educational and racial equity in the U.S. A deeply rooted activist for intersectional social justice, Julianna seeks to create a more equitable future by ensuring school quality and access to development opportunities for students.

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Dance Exchange

Dance Exchange breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. Founded in 1976 Dance Exchange stretches the range of contemporary dance through explosive dancing, personal stories, humor, and a company of performers whose ages span six decades.

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Jodi Voice

Jodi Voice is a social justice advocate and a member of the Oglala Lakota, Creek, and Cherokee tribe’s. Born and raised in Oak Cliff, Jodi organizes with the Dallas American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), is an ambassador for the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee, as well as Indian Citizens Against Racial Exploitation (I.CARE).

[email protected]



Complex Movements

Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, and artist/creative technologist L05.

[email protected]
ComplexMovements.com



Byron Sanders

Byron Sanders is the former Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a non-profit charitable and educational organization that benefits Dallas Independent School District. A member of the Dallas Assembly, Leadership DISD, the Alumni Mayor Star Council, and Greenhill Alumni Board, and several other service organizations, Sanders is a relentless advocate for education in his community. Recently, he was also recognized in both the Dallas Business Journal’s 2012 Top Forty Under 40 and Minority Business Leaders 2014 list.

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Angela Young

Angela Young is a social justice advocate and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. She represents the Urban Inter Tribal Center of Texas.

Peggy Larney

Peggy Larney is the founder of the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation.

Jason Ortiz

Jason Ortiz is a social justice advocate and a Choctaw citizen. He is the Vice Chair of the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee and Jason is Vice Chair.



2015 Summit Facilitators







Sara Mokuria - Team Manager

Sara Mokuria is a Senior Research Associate with The Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she brings high-level experience in project management, program design and community engagement, combined with lifelong passions for justice, equity and arts and culture. Sara is a Dallas native and is committed to helping her city become a beacon of racial and economic justice. She is a sought after project manager, trainer, and facilitator. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree from New School University and a two Master degrees from Simmons College.





Claire LeBlanc - Team Manager

Claire LeBlanc is a Research Associate at the Institute for Urban Policy Research, where she is responsible for qualitative and quantitative analysis and data evaluation and plays an active part in project management. She brings to the Institute a wide array of skills accumulated from her diverse background. Her interests include research in the areas of criminal justice, public health, and community development.





Alia Salim

Alia Salem is the Executive Director for the DFW Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and is a committed activist working for social justice, tolerance, and understanding in her community. Her work with CAIR-DFW has been featured on local, national and international outlets such as WFAA, NBC, CBS, KERA, CNN, FOX, BBC, CCTV, Washington Post, Time, Al Jazeera, Univision and Telemundo





John Fullinwider

John Fullinwider is an educator and community organizer with more than 25 years of experience in Dallas' poorest inner-city neighborhoods working on a wide range of issues related to poverty, education, health, and housing. He is co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality; East Dallas Community School, a multi-ethnic day care and learning center for children ages 3-8; and Common Ground Community Economic Development Corporation, the first community development corporation in Dallas.




King Shakur

King Shakur is a fun loving poet, activist, mentor, lover, fighter, and everything in between. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business from Allen University. He is the founder and president of S.T.R.U.G. Lin Life Change Group, a community advocacy non-profit organization focused on providing positive life change, using art as activism.




Antoine Joyce

Antoine Joyce is the Senior Program Manager / Development Officer, All Stars Project of Dallas. He was instrumental in developing new All Stars programs in Newark and San Francisco/Oakland and fostering the development of affiliates in Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. A gifted performer and public speaker, Antoine has also served as the emcee for ASP’s national galas and has spoken at international conferences in Canada, Mexico and Vienna.




Jodi Voice

Jodi Voice is a social justice advocate and a member of the Oglala Lakota, Creek, and Cherokee tribe’s. Born and raised in Oak Cliff, Jodi organizes with the Dallas American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), is an ambassador for the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee, as well as Indian Citizens Against Racial Exploitation (I.CARE).

[email protected]




Amber Sims

Amber Sims has been with LIFT, one of the largest and oldest adult literacy organizations in Texas, since 2013. She creates and develops partnerships with various organizations in the community to provide literacy services for adults in North Texas. Additionally, Amber recruits, manages and hosts trainings for LIFT’s amazing volunteers. Amber received her B.A. in English with a minor in political science from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. tions such as Dade Middle School, South Dallas Fair Park Trust Fund and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.





Carol Zou

Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora. Her work focuses on questions of layered human geographies, craft as non-western cultural production, and polyvocality through a community organizing model. She is known for organizing the art collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through a crowdsourced, participatory model.





Harold Steward

Harold Steward is an arts administrator and theater practitioner in Dallas, TX. Steward is Creative Development Director of Steward Cultural Development Group and the co-founder and Director of Marketing for the Next Gen National Arts Network. He currently serves as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the South Dallas Cultural Center. Mr. Steward is also the Artistic Director of Fahari Arts Institute, a multidisciplinary, black queer, arts organization in Dallas.


Ramon Mejia

Ramon Mejia is a social studies teacher for Dallas ISD and a member of the Streets Organizing for Liberation (SOL). In addition, he is a volunteer organizer for Iraq Veterans Against the War. He is a member of the Complex Movements Dallas community cohort.

Robbie Esteban

Robbie Esteban serves Marketing and Development Coordinator for Literacy Instruction for Texas, a Dallas based adult Literacy Organization. Overseeing communications, she works to increase community awareness of illiteracy and its impact on poverty.

Anuhya Emmandi

Anuhya (Anu) Emmandi s a freshman studying at the University of Texas at Dallas. She was born in India and grew up outside of Detroit, in the suburbs of Farmington Hills, MI.






OUR STORY

In 2014, Dallas was the first southern city to host Race Forward’s Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. As the local coordinator for Race Forward, Sara Mokuria organized a local host committee. Members of that committee recognized a lack of inclusion of local youth in the national conference. Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) was created as a pre-conference to fill the gap in programming. The original team included: Sara Mokuria and Claire LeBlanc from the Institute for Urban Policy Research at UTD, Robbie Esteban and Amber Sims from LIFT, Alia Salem from CAIR, Byron Sanders from Dallas Education Foundation, Antoine Joyce from All Stars Project of Dallas, John Fullinwider a local activist, Julianna Bradley from Leadership for Educational Equity, Nakia Douglass from Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and Halima Leak-Francis from Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.


YLSC is the only program in Dallas that provides open dialogue with a focus on racial justice for high school youth. Our goal is to bring youth from a broad range of socio-economic, racial, religious and racial backgrounds together to discuss racial justice while engaging adults, industries and organizations with the knowledge, insight and resources to create a framework of support for long term change.


While many students are traditional leaders, from campuses that have included Greenhill, Hockaday, Sunset, Skyline, BOMLA, and Thomas Jefferson, YLSC participants are also chosen based on their leadership potential. YLSC strategically recruits students from public, private, charter and magnet schools as well as community organizations and intentionally seeks students who may have no other opportunity to meet and build relationships with youth from other campuses or backgrounds.



CORE VALUES

We define racial justice as policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment and outcomes for all. By helping students learn a racial equity framework, and supporting them in applying these concepts in their own lives, we are helping to transform their very notion of engagement with the world from passive participant to active agents. When this shift occurs the established way of seeing and functioning in the world no longer works, and innovation occurs. We believe that when you cultivate young leaders, you create strong cities.




LEADERSHIP TEAM




Amber Sims

Amber Sims has been with LIFT, one of the largest and oldest adult literacy organizations in Texas, since 2013. She creates and develops partnerships with various organizations in the community to provide literacy services for adults in North Texas. Additionally, Amber recruits, manages and hosts trainings for LIFT’s amazing volunteers. Amber received her B.A. in English with a minor in political science from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. tions such as Dade Middle School, South Dallas Fair Park Trust Fund and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.




Sara Mokuria

Sara Mokuria is a Senior Research Associate with The Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she brings high-level experience in project management, program design and community engagement, combined with lifelong passions for justice, equity and arts and culture. Sara is a Dallas native and is committed to helping her city become a beacon of racial and economic justice. She is a sought after project manager, trainer, and facilitator. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree from New School University and a two Master degrees from Simmons College.


Robbie Esteban

Robbie Esteban serves Marketing and Development Coordinator for Literacy Instruction for Texas, a Dallas based adult Literacy Organization. Overseeing communications, she works to increase community awareness of illiteracy and its impact on poverty.





Students


Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) racial justice youth summit brings together high school students from across the Dallas area to spark dialogue, awareness, engagement, and equip you to advocate for racial justice and equity in your school, community and beyond.

We will encourage you to deconstruct racism, analyze its role in our lives and world, and to develop practical and applicable ideas and strategies around creating racial justice through interactive workshops, constructive discussions and development of an action plan for change Students from public, private and charter schools are invited to apply to attend this free, one-day conference on November 11th, 2017 from 9-5pm in Fair Park.

The day will include food, interactive workshops and meaningful, constructive discussions on race, racial identities, racism and equity.

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Facilitators & Volunteers


4th annual racial justice youth summit Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) racial justice youth summit brings together high school students from across the Dallas area to spark dialogue, awareness, engagement, and equip you to advocate for racial justice and equity in their schools, communities and beyond.

We encourage students to deconstruct racism, analyze its role in our lives and world, and to develop practical and applicable ideas and strategies around creating racial justice through interactive workshops, constructive discussions and the development of an action plan for change.

WE NEED YOU!

We are searching for artists, educators, organizers, professionals, and leaders to share their experience and expertise in areas relating to racial justice and equity. If you are interested in facilitating, please share with us a brief, but detailed proposal for a 45 minute workshop that includes: theme, methods of delivery as well the message or 'takeaway' that you hope students will carry with them into their everyday lives.

Not ready to lead a workshop but want to be involved? We need lots of help on the day of the summit. You can also apply here to volunteer!

Please attend a YLSC information session to learn more:


Thursday, September 7th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 16th 9:00 am - 10:30 am

South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, 75210

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Sponsor


Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) racial justice youth summit brings together high school students from across the Dallas area to spark dialogue, awareness, engagement, and equip you to advocate for racial justice and equity in their schools, communities and beyond.

We encourage students to deconstruct racism, analyze its role in our lives and world, and to develop practical and applicable ideas and strategies around creating racial justice through interactive workshops, constructive discussions and the development of an action plan for change.

WE NEED YOU!

YLSC is committed to equitable access and will never charge a fee to students participating in our programming.

  • General Support - Any Amount
    We welcome all donation amounts. Every dollar is put to good use!
  • Students Sponsorships - $100
    Student sponsorships begin at $100 and you may write a note of gratitude thanking a student for their commitment to racial justice and equity in our city.
  • Summit Sponsorships
    This is a way to establish public acknowledgement of you, your business, organization or employer’s commitment to racial justice and equity in Dallas. We work hard to ensure that all volunteers, facilitators and sponsors understand and adhere to YLSC’s core values prior to receiving public acknowledgement from us.
    • $500 - Logo included on YLSC website and quarter page for note of gratitude to young leaders in our program. Permission to post our logo on your site as a partner for 1 year.
    • $750 - Logo included on YLSC website and third page for note of gratitude to young leaders in our program. Permission to post our logo on your site as a partner for 1 year.
    • $1000 - Logo included on YLSC website and half page for note of gratitude to young leaders in our program. Name included in event presentation. Permission to post our logo on your site as a partner for 1 year.
    • $5,000 - Logo included in prominent position on YLSC website and full page for note of gratitude to young leaders in our program. Name included in event presentation. Permission to post our logo on your site as a partner for 2 years.
    • $10,000 - Logo included in prominent position on YLSC website and full page for note of gratitude to young leaders in our program. Opportunity to distribute branded items. Name included in event presentation. Permission to post our logo on your site as a partner for 2 years.

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Student Projects



Zine-X

Created by Sade Velazquez, 12; Jasmin Quintanilla, 18; Htee Shee, 17; and Rooha Haghar, 17 is a zine that focuses on ‘things people are uncomfortable talking about like racism, sexism and xenophobia.



Student Photo Protest

Greenhill students who attended YLSC’s inaugural conference created a photo protest addressing the tokenism and microaggressions they experience on campus. One of those students, Harris Choudhary, now a student at UTD, served as a facilitator in 2015, 2016.