August 19, 2015
In July, hundreds of youth in the Boston area came together at our 19th annual Youth Summit to build power for youth and environmental justice. The theme of this year's summit was creating a Safe Zone where young people could escape from violence and other threats we face in our neighborhoods.
"People liked and understood the theme," said REEP Youth Organizer Asia Fleming. "Energy was high and it was a good way for youth to meet other youth."
We held workshops on gentrification and displacement, capitalism, body image, the prison industrial complex, police brutality, sexism in video games and more. Youth celebrated talents in our open mic by singing, reading poetry and dancing.
Thank you for coming out to learn, share, perform, make art and brainstorm changes we can create in our communities. Special thanks to our partners at Bikes Not Bombs, Chinese Youth Initiative, The City School and Youth Against Mass Incarceration for leading outstanding workshops. We look forward to continuing to work with you!