Session Descriptions

MC: Curtis Wilson, Richland County Sherriff’s Department

DJ Jeremiah, D2Jay Productions

Keynote Speaker: Chris Suggs
Young people all over the world see issues EVERY DAY that they want to solve. Many of them work hard to solve these problems, but some are not quite sure on how to get started. Maybe you have an idea for a project you want to start, or an issue you want to fix. In this engaging session, Chris Suggs will share his story of making a difference and empower you to make your impact on the world.
#ownyourassignments: Christina Cody & Tyler Norris
Learn how youth can dream it, be it, and own it! Tyler and Christina will share their accomplishments, struggles, and lessons learned from their efforts in building a health and wellness movement in their school, district, and community. They will share the crucial role youth have in leading and making change.
Three Major Keys for Boys to Win: Patrick Patterson
The session will highlight 3 Major Keys to help boys to be safe, successful, and smart about the decision that they make when it comes to relationships. We will discuss the importance of their roles at home, schools, community, state, and world. We will close this session with a brief “how to tie a tie” component to highlight the important of dressing for success.
How Government Works: Bre Maxwell
One of the most important part of being an advocate is knowing how government works. In this session, you will learn about the branches of government, how laws are created, and which branch of government creates laws.
Let’s unpack the #TurnUp: Zakiya Esper
We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the stories of sit-ins, rallies, marches, and other obvious displays of activism and organizing. What if those seemingly split second decisions were actually the result of months of planning and strategizing? What if I told you that your art, accomplishments and even your joy are forms of activism and organizing? What if I told you that virtual social justice campaigns are at the heart of the current social justice movement? Check this session out if you’re interested in being the change that you want to see.
Fresh Out My Mouth #WYF Write Yourself Free: VSI
This highly motivated segment that will teach youth how to cope, create, and express themselves through creative, liberal, and performing arts. Youth will learn the importance of confidence, experience team work activities, and learn about tools to assist in persevering to be unstoppable in the 21st century.

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