Youth Convening

Youth Convening

Nov 10, 2017

Youth Convening

Our Time, Our Voice

Nov 10, 2017

Our Time, Our Voice is a powerful convening of high school youth from across the region who will engage in experiential learning activities to develop and amplify youth voice and promote the Youth Voice Platform for MLK50.

Students ages 14-21 are welcome, from all backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, races, ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations.

Our Time, Our Voice will be held at First Baptist Broad, and we expect 300-350 middle and high school students to attend.


Featured Speakers

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl (that’s ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and author who’s also a lead plaintiff in the youth-led environmental class action suit against the federal government. He’s the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, and his work has been featured on on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, Aljazeera, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and many more.  

Check out Xiuhtezcatl’s recent interview on Real Time with Bill Maher:

DJ Cavem Moetavation

DJ Cavem, aka Chef Ietef, is an environmental hip-hop artist and activist focused on food justice, gang intervention, race and politics, organic gardening and graffiti art. He was recently featured on "The Rachel Ray Show," and is a founder of Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts and one of the first O.G.s (organic gardeners) at the GrowHaus in Denver. For the past decade, DJ Cavem has been using his music as a platform the educate and spark the conversations around environmental and food justice issues.

Check out DJ Cavem’s single "Wheat Grass":


Tentative Schedule:

  • 8:00 – 8:45 Registration and grab-and-go breakfast
  • 8:45 – 9:15 Opening Ceremony
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Keynote Address
  • 10:15-11:45 Workshop Session 1 (14-16 concurrent sessions)
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:45 Workshop Session 2 (14-16 concurrent sessions)
  • 3:00- 3:45 “Where do we go from here?” Closing Ceremony with Final Speaker (includes evaluation)

Youth workshops will:

  • be interactive and participatory.
  • educate, not persuade, participants on a particular issue or point of view. These exchanges are designed to youth an opportunity to ask questions to learn more deeply.
  • encourage students to become more involved and active in the community on their chosen social justice issues.
  • include practical learning around youth voice.

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