BUILDING RACIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY, AND ACTION ACROSS COMMUNITIES.
For Young Leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and members of our community, we offer unique opportunities to:
Engage in healthy conversations about race
Increase awareness of racial identity and its effect on individual experiences
Deconstruct racism as a concept and analyze its role in our lives and the world
Develop ideas, strategies, and action plans for change
ANNUAL YLSC RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY TEEN SUMMIT
Our annual Racial Justice and Equity Youth Summit brings together high school students from across the DFW area to spark dialogue, awareness, engagement, and equip them to advocate for racial justice, equity, and advocacy in their schools, communities, and beyond.
In an extraordinary, curated space, students are invited to design their own experience and select workshops to attend by topic. Workshops are facilitated by other young leaders and adult allies and reviewed by students based on their effectiveness in preparing students for discussions about race with peers, friends, and family.
Recurrent Topics Include:
Policy & Voting 101
Food & Climate Justice
Allies vs. Accomplices
Policing & Our Schools
Colorism & Beauty
Cultural Appropriation & Power
Organizing & Movement Building
Decolonizing Your Self-Care
History of Race & Identity
Race, Gender, & Sexuality
Mental Healthcare & Access
70+ Supporting Activists, Artists, and Educators
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"At schools, sometimes people don't have outlets to share about our own race and our own gender... It's nice to have a place to talk about who we are and how we represent ourselves as people. "
"I'm really grateful that there is a program where adults are listening... Kids nowadays know what's happening in society and all the issues and how we can tackle them."
With YLSC as our partners in this endeavor, what we thought was going to be a great day of learning for our students surpassed all of our expectations. The day-long Racial Justice and Equity Teen Summit was an amazing experience and ended with everyone wanting more. More knowledge, more conversations, more debate... Just more of what we had been exposed to in our short time together.
Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion