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: Phillip Ford
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.
Public Speaking: VSI
Often times getting up in front of a crowd can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! The Very Special Individuals will lead youth through creative activities to help them find their voice and inspire them to be the change they wish to see in the world.
General Perception of Self: Vivian Anderson
GPS is an experiential exercise in which participants explore how they think others perceive them versus how they perceive themselves. They will discover how those perceptions guide how they show up in the world and use their voice.
Youth Voice: Preventing Youth Risk Behaviors
There are so many different advocacy issues that teens can become involved in, from preventing distracted or drunk driving, to encouraging others not to smoke, to making smart decisions in relationships. In this session, professionals from these fields will highlight some causes teens can get involved in and share tips for how to do it effectively.

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