Youth Convening | MLK 50

Youth Convening

Nov 10, 2017

Youth Convening

Our Time, Our Voice

Nov 10, 2017

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

Co-hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum and BRIDGES, the free event featured workshops, speakers and networking opportunities to develop and amplify youth voice and promote the Youth Voices platform

Over 300 tudents grades 9-12 were welcomed from all backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, races, ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations.


Featured Speakers

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl (that’s ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and author of We Rise: The Earth Guardian's Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He’s the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, and his work has been featured 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 to educate and spark the conversations around environmental and food justice issues.

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


Click for a list of workshops.

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