Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 9:00am - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 2:00pm
In November 2014 groups came together to host a Summit on Race in Appalachia. Since then there have been mini-summits, trainings, film screenings, and informal lunch gatherings to continue building a base of people who understand systemic racism and how it perpetutates vast inqualities.
AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project hosted an Undoing Racism workshop in Charleston, WV in April 2015 that included 40 participants made up of child poverty campaign coalition partners, faith leaders, representatives from juvenile justice system, domestic violence prevention leaders, professors, college students, as well as AFSC youth leaders from Logan, WV.
Since 1999, Farajii Muhammad has been working in the youth development field. As co-founder, president and spokesman for the youth-governed organization, New Light Leadership Coalition (now New Learninig Leadership Center) he often worked to develop young leaders, connect youth to resources, and bridge the gap between youth and local government. Plus, as a social entrepreneur, Farajii has used his passion for young people to stand as a voice for youth, advocate for their concerns, and an example of a leader and community servant.
Following months of planning, the Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition (PghSAC) is gaining traction and seeing exciting outcomes. PghSAC is a coalition of organizations that have youth-driven programs around social change and social justice. Founding members include AFSC PA, Three Rivers Community Foundation, and Pittsburgh Cares. Two youth representatives from each participating organization serve on the coalition. Youth representatives from AFSC include the Meeting’s own Wesley Peters, a junior at CAPA, and Joan Mukogosi, a junior at Winchester Thurston.
While visiting West Virginia State University, BAPS youth leadership group also had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Master Gardening workshop with WVSU Extension Office. At the training we learned how to conduct hands-on learning activities for teaching gardening knowledge and skills to people young and old alike. We will use what we learned to conduct our own trainings in the community garden this summer.
Members of the BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) youth leadership program in Logan, West Virginia were front and center at a community forum about child poverty in March 2013. Sponsored by AFSC and a dozen other organizations, the forum focused on prison overcrowding, teen pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention, and parent education. Advocates as well as people impacted by poverty spoke.
Young leaders in Logan, W.Va., honored Black History Month this year by hosting a youth program at Logan High School Little Theatre on Feb. 19, 2013. Over 50 community members were in attendance.
Performances included a poetry reading of "America" by Maya Angelou, presentation of excerpts from President Obama's 2013 inauguration speech, a powerpoint presentation on African American innovators, and speeches summarizing student interviews of local human rights heroes.
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