Virtual Racial Justice + Artivism Training Program
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30 at 11:59 pm ET
Youth Voices Lead is a digital community training program for youth organizers (ages 15-18) to strengthen their human rights knowledge and artistic tools and discover how to take action for racial justice change. This program will provide emerging youth leaders from across the country the opportunity to engage around the social justice issues directly impacting their own communities.
In this program, participants will:
Learn about artivist principles (the intersection of art and activism);
Learn how to create artwork for self-expression and digital content for social change;
Meet other incredible youth from across the country and build a community of young organizers and leaders;
Be exposed to artivists working on human rights issues;
Experience and learn how to lead activities to raise awareness and action on a racial justice issues in your community;
Complete a final presentation and host a final community event to share their newly-learned community teachings and tools for activism;
Receive a stipend of at least $250 to honor their labor.
Participants will be expected to:
Attend all bi-weekly Youth Voices Lead sessions (10 sessions + 1 final event, 6 weeks total), which will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm ET starting November 8th and ending December 10th;
Complete all program paperwork before the start of the first workshop session;
Complete all evaluation surveys (pre, mid, and post) and two, 20-minute check-ins with an ARTE team member;
Create a final presentation to be showcased at the final community event (Saturday, December 10);
Actively participate in all programming and any outside activities (includes having Zoom video on during sessions).
We would also like for each applicant to provide us with the name and contact information of an adult mentor. An adult mentor is someone who we can periodically reach out to and invite to the final program event. They can be a teacher, school counselor, coach, older sibling, etc, but they should be 21+. It is okay if you don't have an adult mentor now, but if selected, you must have one before the start of the program.
The training program will start on Tuesday, November 8 and end on Saturday, December 10. As of right now, Youth Voices Lead will primarily take place virtually, and we are only seeking applicants from across the United States (50 states).
This program is generously supported by UU the Vote.
Read what participants from the previous three YYL cohorts have to say about the program:
I will absolutely use this experience in the future! The knowledge I've gained and topics I've learned has opened my eyes on issues I would usually overlook because I felt like there could be nothing done. That mindset however, was wrong and it's because of ARTE that I realized this. Everything I do matters.
I hope you continue to empower, engage and bring youth activists together. The work you do truly gives us an opportunity to explore our voices and person.
My favorite part of the program was how I got to interact with people my age that were as passionate and willing to learn as I am. I loved how the information I received in our weekly meetings always gave me a deeper perspective on how racial inequalities are always prevalent in our day to day lives. From this experience, I have learned and gained so many skills such as organization and teamwork that are applicable for my future advocacy activities.
Through this process, I learned how to use my voice and advocate for issues in the form of art. I gained a strong understanding that art can also be a form of self expression and activism.
Thank you for making this program really fun and educational. I really looked forward to our meetings as they helped me to have a stress free mind and cheered me up!