Youth may register for undergraduate academic credit for their participation and outside work, which can be transferred to other colleges and Universities.
Youth Action Project
Check out the Youth from WPC 11 here: http://vimeo.com/11224938
What is the Youth Action Project?
A team of experienced facilitators provide a safe and challenging space, geared toward youth of ALL ethnic backgrounds, who are committed to understanding and dismantling white supremacy white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
When is the Youth Action Project?
Date: March 11-14, 2015
What are the intended outcomes of the Youth Action Project and the Youth Institute?
- Students will SEE and be fully aware of the multiple manifestations of white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
- Students will have the courage and confidence to NAME white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
- Students will ACT by taking effective, creative, and urgent measures to dismantle white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
- Students will PROCEED as leaders, planting ongoing seeds of change
Youth One Day Institutes
Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
Wednesday, March 11th
A basic 1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy.
High School Students (Grades 9-12)
Wednesday, March 11th
1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, manifestations of white supremacy, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy. Youth will create their own methods to address white privilege in their schools and communities and engage in engaging dialogue
Youth Action Project
3 Day Conference for High School (Grades 9-12)
Students will experience a more in-depth and internal reflection of white privilege. Students will work to connect their individual experiences to their enhanced analysis of how systems of institutional racism operate within the United States of America through:
- Leadership Activities
- Mastery of key terms: white supremacy, white privilege, oppression, ally, racism
- Ethnic affinity groups
- Youth friendly film viewing with adult allies
- Individual and group reflection
- Regional action planning
- Youth led dialogue
- Arts based break-outs
What are the youth saying about YAP?
“...I was inspired to make a change about what I say and to not judge people before I met them. I learned about many things and I plan to bring back my knowledge about breaking down stereotypes back to the Athenian community...” ~Alex C., 2011
“Through the various workshops, lectures, activities, and interactions with others, I became exposed to new perspectives and sympathetic towards others’ hardships. And most importantly, I was able to become more comfortable with myself...” ~Elliot L., 2010
Who are the Youth Action Project Youth Allies?
Stephanie Ciccone-Nascimento is a multidimensional social justice educator and continuous student of life. She creates dialogue spaces for youth, college students and adults to address liberation, leadership and healing as a guide to transformative change. Stephanie received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in three different countries and in many different cultures, which has shaped much of her multicultural/multiracial identity and passion for social justice work. She is also a massage therapist and loves food (justice). She is ready for the revolution.
Wade Colwell-Sandoval is a performance artist, Co-Founder of Funkamentalz and has been a Creative Catalyst for Leadership and Learning spanning two decades. Since graduating as an honors athlete from Stanford University in 1992, he has focused on producing inspirational arts experiences for youth. Wade develops programs (Spectrum of Life, Express Yourself), designs curriculum (Wisdomseekers, Mexican-American/Raza Studies Dept. Tucson, AZ), coordinates conferences (Youth Action Project/White Privilege Conference, Leaders of P.E.A.C.E.), partners with other facilitators (New Wilderness Project, MAVIN) and performs as an MC/Storyteller/Spoken Word artist.
Coming from a mixed-heritage background (Mexican, Tarahumara, English, Irish, Italian) Wade shares his inner journey navigating the complexities of this identity within our society. Furthermore, raised in a family tradition of socially-minded artists which include his grandfather Anthony Quinn (actor), mother Catalina (painter/sculptor), and father Paul (songwriter/musician), Wade is dedicated to imagining and discovering the functional potential of creative expression.
Keynote topics include Mixed-Heritage People: From Anomaly to Awakening and Funkamentalz: The MC as a Music Catalyst for Positive Change. Please visit www.wadeintheworld.com and www.funkamentalz.com to learn more and contact Wade about creating together. Wade has lived in Brooklyn, NY since May 2011 with his family.
Jada Monica Drew is an international educator passionate about creating learning spaces that empower people for social change. Jada’s serves as the director of the Multicultural Education Department at Guilford College. She is also the founder of Africana CHANGE, which is implemented at Guilford College, James B. Dudley Senior High School, and in the Triad, NC community.
Jada also co-organizes and co-writes the curriculum for the national Youth Action Project of the White Privilege Conference with a team of national educators.
Jada is currently a Green For All Fellow and in 2011 she launched the “252 Revitalization Campaign” & the ‘So Fresh & So Green’ Project. The So Fresh & So Green Project is a youth centered and multi-generational initiative that provides awareness of “green” living to the rural community of Rich Square, NC by creating access to ‘green’ education awareness.
She is also a consultant with Social Designs, a business that provides cutting edge solutions for social justice and inclusion by equipping people with leadership and diversity skills. She received a BS in Psychology from Guilford College and a MS in Global & International Education from Drexel University.
Tarah Fleming has over 20 years of experience in the classroom internationally, and locally as an educator and facilitator of dialog on cultural responsiveness, anti-bias education, issues of power and privilege and developing equitable and inclusive curriculum for all ages. After living internationally for almost a decade she received her master degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She spent the next 5 years as the Executive Director for iPride, an organization dedicated to mixed heritage families. Her strong desire to work as a change agent and ally in multiple solidarity movements led her to Our Family Coalition where she is now the Education Director working with LGBTQ families. Currently Tarah directs her consulting practice called “Start Dialog: Courses in Cultural Competency,” facilitating conversation and new perspectives on issues of equity and inclusion in education. For the last 10 years she has been a dedicated supporter and participant in the White Privilege Conference and also developed and co-directed the YAP (Youth Action Project), which exists within WPC. Tarah is the mother of an 9 year old son and her family has lived on Northern Californian land for 5 generations.
Nini Hayes is from Seattle, Washington and was a former middle school teacher at the Seattle Girls’ School. She has a degree in Environmental Studies/Outdoor Education, a Masters in Teaching and is currently working on her doctorate in Social Justice Education, Teacher Education and School Improvement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her personal hobbies are being outdoors, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Her scholarship hobbies are trying to meet deadlines, teaching, working with youth, attending conferences and actions for social justice. She is passionate about social justice issues, building community, traveling, and being a good friend and daughter. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the middle school youth, the awesome middle school team, and is looking forward to learning from everyone.
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles - a 6th grade science teacher and a professional outreach specialist, a position in which she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors. Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of issues, including cross cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom. Rosetta has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with over 50 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Summer Diversity Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. Rosetta is excited to join the YAP Team, as she believes that youth deserve to know the hard truths of the world and to learn and practice the tools for change, as young people are often equipped with the most creativity, optimism, resilience, and passion among all of us!
Jesse Phillips-Fein is a choreographer, dance educator, and organizer from Brooklyn, NY. She studied dance at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX, Smith College, the Laban Centre in London, England, and with Peniel Guerrier & Danys La Mora Perez in Ayiti/Haiti and Cuba. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree, combining studies of race, choreography, capitalism and the body, while teaching middle & high schoolers at Brooklyn Friends School.
Anna Von Essen grew up in Yakima, Washington amidst apple trees and class divides, in a white, middle class family. Her grandfather taught her that the world needed justice – friends from El Salvador taught her how to work to make it so.
Annie has been a social worker, fundraiser, communications manager and project manager for non-profits. She has a history of youth and community work in both the US and in El Salvador, where she worked with grassroots org La Coordinadora, and learned about the power of community-led change. She holds an MSW and an MPA from University of Washington’s School of Social Work and Evan’s School of Public Affairs, respectively where she was actively involved in dialogue work and anti-racist organizing.
Through her business, Vessel Consulting, she supports local change-making organizations. And also works one on one with clients who are navigating life transitions. Annie is currently involved in anti-racism organizing in her small Methodist church. She lives in Seattle in an old school building with her husband, her cat and a community of amazing artists.