Youth Summit brings hundreds together to build, learn

August 14, 2014

Hundreds of youth attended the summit

On July 31, over 200 young people gathered at our 18th annual Youth Summit at 1199 SEIU in Dorchester. Organized by youth in our Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Program (REEP), this year’s summit was named Youth Revolt Roulette 2: Check it or change it.

Young people from Boston, Cambridge, Worcester and Providence attended the all-day summit, which featured youth-led workshops, art projects, an open mic and a performance by Project HIP-HOP.

In addition to REEP and our Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition, Bikes Not Bombs, Youth Force, Youth Jobs Coalition and Youth Against Mass Incarceration led workshops on topics from organizing methods and theory of change to community resiliency and fighting racism, sexism and homophobia. Outside activities included dancing, T-shirt painting, button-making and sports.

The day of idea exchanges and movement building was devoted to helping youth develop their skills and abilities to become positive agents of change in our communities.

Youth enjoying REEP's ACTION UP workshop

The summit was made possible with support and donations from members like you! A huge thank you to our partners: ABCD Health Services, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), The City School, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Mass Uniting, Project HIP-HOP, Worcester Roots Project, Youth Against Mass Incarceration, Youth Force and Youth Jobs Coalition.

Thank you also to Flames and Haley House for providing food, to 1199 SEIU for providing a space and to all our members, sponsors, partners, attendees and volunteers!