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Update 7/18/20: This event is SOLD OUT with 200 registrants. Join YDEKC’s mailing list for updates on future events. For a look at the workshop descriptions and speaker bios, please browse the schedule below, or check out our event flyer and Symposium webpage for more details!

Join us for this virtual learning journey for educators and youth development professionals to strengthen their individual and collective capacity to create equity-based learning environments that support the whole child, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region. 

This symposium includes live plenaries, workshops, and community building sessions (with breaks in between sessions). Most sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants through the month of August. 

Thank you to our sponsors, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Kaiser Permanente; this event would not be possible without their generous support! Sponsored by Seattle Public Schools for Washington State Clock Hours and in partnership with School’s Out Washington to offer STARS Credits to eligible attendees.

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Friday, July 24
 

9:00am PDT

☀ Heart Opening Plenary ☀ Keynote: Listening to the Wisdom of Your Heart

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8:55 a.m. Arrival 

9:00-9:40 a.m. Heart Opening Plenary 
 
9:00 a.m. Welcome: Mona Grife, SEL Strategy Senior Manager, and Anne Arias, Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County

9:10 a.m. Keynote: Listening to the Wisdom of Your Heart 
Damithia Nieves, Founder & Educator, Thrive Yoga

Educators in all forms love big and give big and though we may like to be, we are not infinite wells. We must take time and space to care for ourselves and each other and return to the root of our inspiration for this work again and again. And yet, self-care has been co-opted by a system more focused on extracting our labor then increasing our capacity to love. In our time together we will look at systems of care and explore ways we can disrupt the dominant narrative that asks us to live only in the mind of logic and tangible results and that tells us our healing is external to ourselves and can be bought. We will move without urgency, practice deep listening and center ourselves.

9:35 a.m. Closing 

9:40-10:00 a.m. Break & Transition to Workshops; 
Arrive at 9:55 a.m.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Arias

Anne Arias

Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager, YDEKC
Anne Powell Arias has roots deeply embedded in youth development, starting as a volunteer at the YWCA Family Village in 1997. For more than a decade, she built and managed programs and teams for organizations including the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Good Shepherd Services in New... Read More →
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Mona Grife

SEL Strategy Senior Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC)
Mona Grife joined the YDEKC team in November 2017. She has been in the youth development field since 2002 serving in a variety of roles as a teaching artist, service learning coordinator, program manager, and capacity builder. She has facilitated and managed youth leadership, service... Read More →
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Damithia Nieves

Founder & Educator, Thrive Yoga
Damithia Nieves is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, certified children’s yoga teacher, and trauma informed restorative practice facilitator. She is the founder of Thrive Yoga, offering trauma-informed, culturally responsive movement and mindfulness practices to youth in schools... Read More →


Friday July 24, 2020 9:00am - 9:40am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Heart Workshop A1 ⁠— Strategies to Ground the Practitioner in the Heart of the Work

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YGG! will share techniques and strategies related to centering your heart to the work of engaging with youth and families through; self-advocacy, parent involvement, cultural genograms and yoga practices for attendees to experience a brief introduction and skills practice. These strategies, including cultural genograms, which can be replicated and adapted for attendees’ work with youth and families, are methods for incorporating their unique identities into program or classroom activities.

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Michelle Mann

Director of Behavioral Health, You Grow Girl
Dr. Michelle Mann Ed.D (she/her) has a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She is the Director of Behavioral Health at You Grow Girl! (YGG!), a local nonprofit serving female identifying youth and families primarily in King County. The work at YGG! is rooted in a deep belief that... Read More →


Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Heart Workshop A2 ⁠— A Heart-Centered Look at Our Whole Selves (and all of our beliefs and biases)

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Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our goal is to build a beloved community. This will require a qualitative shift in our hearts, and a qualitative shift in our lives.”

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity, and a step towards a shift in our hearts. Research shows that mindful awareness practices help us uncover our implicit bias and unconscious ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Drawing on the work of Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race, as well as other teachers, we will explore mindfulness practices to uncover our unconscious biases and thoughts as a stepping-stone toward change and growth. How can we care for ourselves in this process, which may be difficult, with love and compassion? This session will include safe spaces, caucuses, for people who identify as BIPOC and people who identify as white.  

Speakers
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Tai Velasquez

Director of Community Engagement, Space Between
Tai Velasquez is the Director of Community Engagement at Space Between. She is a Chopra Center certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor.Tai has taught meditation and mindfulness to adults in a variety of settings, including workshops for non-profit organizations, teaching... Read More →
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Kim Armstrong

Executive Director, Space Between
Kim is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Space Between. She is passionate about how mindful and healing-centered practices can help young people and adults develop a healthy foundation for well-being.Kim has worked with teachers, student, and schools for about 15 years, 1st... Read More →


Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Heart Workshop A3 ⁠— Increasing Inclusivity and Belonging through Creativity

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Join us for an exploration of youth development through hands on activities that positively impact students’ sense of belonging and promote inclusivity in a classroom or out-of-school-time program. In this workshop, Arts Corps teaching artists and program staff will lead participants through an exploration of strategies for using creativity to foster positive mindsets across programs, age groups and venues, and the role creative youth development plays in achieving greater justice and equity in education.

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Speakers
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James Miles

Executive Director, Arts Corps
James Miles worked as an educator in the New York City public schools for 20 years before joining the Seattle-based Arts Corps as Executive Director. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator, and his work has been featured through Complex... Read More →
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Heleya de Barros

Director of Arts Education, Arts Corps
Heleya is an actor, teaching artist, and arts education advocate whose work focuses on how to use theatre skills across disciplines. She is the Director of Arts Education at Arts Corps, and the Executive Director of The Association of Teaching Artists, the oldest organization serving... Read More →


Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
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10:00am PDT

⁠Heart Workshop A4 ⁠— When You Know Their Story

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In this workshop, attendees will learn to use arts integration and narrative based instruction to develop authentic engagement for students furthest away from educational justice. Attendees will: create strategies to move students from dependency to interdependent learners; develop strategies to amplify student voice and their stories; and develop a menu of alternative texts to engage all students in the classroom.

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Dr. Donald Felder

South End Stories
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Donte Felder

South End Stories
Donte Felder is an artist and an educator who serves on the boards of Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arts Corps, Hugo House, and the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Program. Felder graduated with a degree in Education from Grambling State University and received his MFA in Creative Writing... Read More →



Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom
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12:00pm PDT

☀ Heart Closing Plenary ☀ Windows on Our World: A Creative Journey of Connection, Reflection and Renewal

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At the heart of social emotional learning are our stories. The unique stories that have led us each to care for the well-being of youth; the resilient stories of the young people we serve; the ongoing story of institutional racism and systemic oppression which we are actively working to undo. At the closing of Day 1, we will gather to reflect, renew, and share our stories in a supportive and uplifting environment. We will use the power of the written word to explore and celebrate our individual stories and imagine our collective future. Come to build meaningful connection, expand creative capacity and experience collective joy.

We encourage you to bring a writing utensil and paper to your space for this session. We recommend that you participate in this session via the Zoom video stream using a device with a camera and microphone to benefit from the full experience.


Speakers
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Alan Wong

Facilitator, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Alan Wong, MSW is a facilitator, poet and second-generation immigrant who grew up in the White Center neighborhood of South Seattle and has dedicated his life to helping youth, educators, and communities to grow. Alan is a facilitator with Partners for Youth Empowerment and Sound... Read More →
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Devon Little

Facilitator/Producer, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Devon Little works as a facilitator, trainer and mediator guided by the values of community, social justice and dignity. She works with groups and also offers training and consultation for educators, team leaders, and other social service professionals. Devon holds a Masters of Social... Read More →


Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom
 
Friday, July 31
 

9:00am PDT

☀ Mind Opening Plenary ☀ Panel: For Us, By Us – A Chat on the Importance of Race, Identity, and Belonging

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8:55 a.m. Arrival

9:00 a.m. Welcome: Anne Arias, Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County

9:05 a.m. Panel: For Us, By Us – A Chat on the Importance of Race, Identity, and Belonging    
Conversation facilitated by:
  • Janell Jordan, King County Program Quality Manager, School’s Out Washington 
Featuring:
  • Vaudery Frelix Brown, Counseling Dept. Curricular Leader, Kent School District 
  • Robert Daniel, Lead School Outreach Coordinator, Communities In Schools of Federal Way 
  • Willie Seals III, CEO, The Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE) 
  • ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Social Equity Consultant & Racial & Disability Justice Advocate, Epiphanies of Equity LLC


What does it look like to support a young person to be self-determined? Autonomous? Socially aware? How do adults support one’s ability to thrive in a virtual setting? Join our panel to hear community and school leaders discuss their take on why intentionally centering race, identity, and belonging need to be foundational components in education and youth spaces.

9:35 a.m.  Closing 

9:40-10:00 a.m.  Break & Transition to Workshops; Arrive at 9:55 a.m. 

Resources include: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2019/speaking-up-without-tearing-down


Speakers
avatar for Anne Arias

Anne Arias

Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager, YDEKC
Anne Powell Arias has roots deeply embedded in youth development, starting as a volunteer at the YWCA Family Village in 1997. For more than a decade, she built and managed programs and teams for organizations including the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Good Shepherd Services in New... Read More →
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Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager, School's Out Washington
As a youth mentor for grrls and co-founder of Womxn of Color in Tech, a project-based initiative focused on the entry, growth, and sustainability of womxn of color in Seattle tech companies, Janell is driven by their background in critical race theory and community organizing to support intentionally designed spaces and projects that radicate change... Read More →
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Vaudery Frelix Brown

Counseling Department Curricular Leader, Kent School District
Vaudery Brown was born in Illinois; relocated to Washington; and worked as a School Counselor for both online and “brick and mortar” schools for over 16 years. She was an Adjunct Instructor teaching English Development and Psychology in the Workplace at several community colleges... Read More →
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Robert Daniel

Lead School Outreach Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
Robert Daniel is the Lead School Outreach Coordinator at Lakota Middle School, Communities In Schools Federal Way. He is an educator with 10 years of experience in adolescent youth development and creative empowerment. 
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ChrisTiana ObeySumner

CEO, Epiphanies of Equity LLC
ChrisTiana ObeySumner (them/they) is a Black and Indigenous, Queer, Non-Binary, and Multiply disabled person. ChrisTiana is the CEO of Epiphanies of Equity LLC, a social equity consulting firm that particularly specializes in social change, intersectionality, antiracism, and... Read More →
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Willie Seals III

CEO, The Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE)
Willie Seals III currently serves as CEO/Co-Founder of the Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE). Willie has served in educational and social services for over 20 years, and Health and Wellness Coach at Reign Fitness and Performance. Willie has knowledge of the intersections between... Read More →


Friday July 31, 2020 9:00am - 9:40am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Mind Workshop B1 ⁠— Culturally Responsive Teaching and Programming

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In this workshop, attendees will explore marginalized groups and implications for change in the educational setting. We will examine the foundational elements of and approaches to multicultural education as the underpinning to the development of cultural competence. Attendees will increase their awareness of their own biases and experiences with differences; explore how power and privilege impact student learning; and learn how to infuse various teaching practices to foster a safe and inclusive classroom to maximize student potential.

Speakers
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Rahma Rashid

Program Manager, East African Community Services
Rahma Rashid is one of fifteen from a Somali immigrant family who traveled to America after the civil war broke out in 1998. She recently received her bachelor's degree from CWU School of Education with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Teaching English as a second language... Read More →



Friday July 31, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Mind Workshop B2 ⁠— From Here to There: Leading Change & Transitions in Organizations

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If the only constant were change, why do humans living inside organizational systems, resist change? It’s because change signals danger to the primitive part of our brain, the part that’s wired to keep us safe. This means that whatever “change initiative” you are leading has little chance of succeeding without addressing the impact of the deeply held organizational beliefs and stories that often thwart every change effort. If you are a part of an organization that is pushing for culture change towards trauma informed practices, equity, reducing exclusionary discipline, or any other change, give up the struggle. Learn tips on how to begin to engage in ongoing “change & transition” conversations in order to effectively shift your organizational culture.

Speakers
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Jody McVittie

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Sound Discipline
Jody McVittie, MD is a native Seattleite and is the co-founder and director of strategic partnerships for Sound Discipline, a local non-profit that works with local schools, educators, youth outreach programs and parenting educators to teach the tools we can all use to foster dignity... Read More →
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Karimah Stewart

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Karimah Stewart is a Sound Discipline facilitator leading Positive Discipline and trauma informed classes for parents and educators throughout Washington State. As a personal and organizational leadership coach and consultant, Karimah all supports school leaders with culture change... Read More →


Friday July 31, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Mind Workshop B3 ⁠— Paths for Change: Youth Counter Stories of Disengagement and Reengagement

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“If they [teachers] really had an expectation, they would’ve helped a little more… I don’t know, sometimes I even thought it was a racist thing.” Nearly 2,000 youth in South King County are pushed out or leave high school without earning a diploma every year. When addressing the individual and systemic barriers that lead to disengagement, system leaders typically overlook insights from youth themselves. This workshop shares a project designed to amplify the experiences and voices of students of color who have been failed by the education system created to serve them. This cross-sector project team (non-profit, direct service provider and university) will share approach, methods and findings, including youth recommendations on how to create equitable learning environments that help them succeed.

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Shelby Cooley

Director of Research, Community Center for Education Results (CCER)
Shelby Cooley leads collaborative studies and builds university partnerships to support community partners turn research into action. She received her doctorate in developmental science from the University of Maryland where she examined school climate, the emergence of racial bias... Read More →
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Kanza Hamidani

Education Advocate, Northwest Education Access
Kanza Hamidani is an Education Advocate for Northwest Education Access serving in the Central and Southeast Seattle region. Kanza earned a BA in Social Welfare with a Minor in Education and Business from the University of Washington Tacoma, and is currently pursuing a Masters in... Read More →
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Charles Lea

Assistant Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Dr. Charles Lea is an assistant professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. His research and scholarship investigate the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, and gender in educational, correctional and neighborhood contexts, and the impact these... Read More →
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Danika Martinez

Program Director, Northwest Education Access
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Nicole Yohalem

Director, Opportunity Youth, Community Center for Education Results (CCER)
Nicole is the Opportunity Youth Director at the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), where her work focuses on building a system to reconnect 16- to 24-year-olds to education and career pathways as part of a regional collective impact effort called the Road Map Project... Read More →
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Annia Yoshizumi

Community Center for Education Results (CCER)



Friday July 31, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Mind Workshop B4 ⁠— Ensuring Colorful Pages: The Spectrum for Multicultural Literature in K–5 Classrooms

With current events in our nation, it is becoming more crucial to create an inclusive and empathetic K–5 classroom. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the use of multicultural literature to cultivate cultural empowerment and cross-cultural empathy in our students. Participants will leave the workshop with a knowledge of how to select and use multicultural literature for the classroom based on The Spectrum for Multicultural Literature and how to navigate Colorful Pages as a resource for racial equity.

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Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon

Director and Founder, Colorful Pages, Colorful Pages
Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon is a Native Hawaiian, multiracial educator and 2020 Teaching Tolerance Excellence in Teaching Award Winner. At the University of Washington, she completed her Masters in Teaching. She has taught Grades K-3, but she is currently a Grades 2/3 ELA Ethnic Studies... Read More →



Friday July 31, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

12:00pm PDT

☀ Mind Closing Plenary ☀ SELect Trivia: Learning is Social & Emotional

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Play is “so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.” Through play, we know that children and youth are able to build their sense of identity and sense of belonging as well as gain helpful strategies for fostering relationships, teamwork, and building community. Adults need play, too, especially during these uncertain and stressful times. Join us for a trivia game filled with learning and fun! We will explore concepts from today’s Mind theme, connect with our colleagues, and review the evidence base for SEL. Last but not least, there will be prizes!

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Hyam Elsaharty

Social Emotional Learning Consulting Teacher, Seattle Public Schools
Hyam Elsaharty is the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Consulting Teacher for SPS. She comes from Chicago, IL where she worked for nine years as a high school special education/math teacher and the SEL coordinator. In April 2020, Hyam completed a project for Edtrove where she collaborated... Read More →
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Stacy Kain

Executive Director of Program Quality, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Stacy Kain has been working in the youth development field for over 13 years in various positions within the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Currently the Executive Director of Program Quality, she works closely with program staff to help create spaces for youth that are safe... Read More →


Friday July 31, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom
 
Friday, August 7
 

9:00am PDT

☀ Body Opening Plenary ☀ Keynote: Economy of Transformation: Divesting from Problems and Investing in Possibilities

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8:55 a.m. Arrival 

9:00 a.m. Welcome:
- Jessica Werner, Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County
- Hikma Sherka, Policy & Communications Coordinator, Youth Development Executives of King County

9:05 a.m. Keynote: Economy of Transformation: Divesting from Problems and Investing in Possibilities 
- Sean Goode, Executive Director, CHOOSE 180

Now more than ever our community is inundated with problems as we are grappling with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism. The world as we knew it seems to no longer exist and the way we have historically supported young people and their families has changed dramatically. As we are scrambling for solutions and have started to invest our time, resources, and emotions in problem solving, this keynote will serve as an intentional pause and opportunity to pivot in a new direction for our community. Together we will learn how to invest in creating possibilities, the importance of divesting from problem solving and how the economy of transformation works in the midst of these uncertain times.

9:35 a.m. Closing 

9:40-10:00 a.m. Break & Transition to Workshops; Arrive at 9:55 a.m.


Speakers
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Jessica Werner

Executive Director, YDEKC
Jessica Paul Werner has led Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) since its inception in 2011, building the coalition of more than 100 executive leaders of youth serving organizations and establishing YDEKC as a thought leader in the fields of youth development, social... Read More →
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Hikma Sherka

Policy & Communications Coordinator, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC)
Hikma Sherka is a college student passionate about elevating youth voice. She was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in 2008. Motivated by her experience of seeing her mother discriminated against in the work place, she decided to pursue a career as a civil... Read More →
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Sean Goode

Executive Director, CHOOSE 180
Sean Goode is a “cause-driven leader” who serves the non-profit CHOOSE 180 as the Executive Director where they work to provide creative second chances for youth and young adults at risk of being lost to the justice system. Prior to serving the community in this capacity he served... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2020 9:00am - 9:40am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Body Workshop C1 ⁠— Storify Your Life, Breathe Chapters into your Learning: Writing with Mindfulness and Movement

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We are compelled by the transformative moment we live in to share our stories, make space for the stories of others, and have more fearless conversations about race, justice, community and health with our young folks and among adults. But PAUSE (record scratch!). Take a deep breath. Okay, unpause. "(We fail when) we try to teach our brains to think better about race..." writes Resmaa Menakem (author of My Grandmother's Hands) "... if we are to survive as a country, it is inside our bodies where this conflict needs to be resolved." Only through connection to our bodies, can young people and adults alike begin to heal and make brave spaces to tell our stories, create fearless learning communities, and find joy in our movements. As educators we must learn to embody (literally) mindfulness, movement, visual, oral and written engagement in ways that students can see and believe. Take time with us today to be in your body and feel good. You'll learn some easy and meaningful movement and storifying practices to carry with you today and in your learning places, in all the spaces that you move through.

Speakers
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Faith Eakin

Lead Program Manager, Bureau of Fearless Ideas
Faith Eakin is an educator and learner who believes that a direct emphasize on social emotional learning (SEL), growth mindset, and community building are essential to creating learning environments full of wonder, bravery, and curiosity. She is the lead program manager at the Bureau... Read More →
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Bryan Wilson

Program Manager, Bureau of Fearless Ideas
Bryan Wilson is a creative arts educator and writer in Seattle, WA. He is a Program Manager at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (BFI), where his own fearless ideas focus on designing and facilitating inclusive creative writing and storytelling programs that engage students, community... Read More →
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Leeah Michael

Student Intern & Program Alumni, Bureau of Fearless Ideas
Leeah is a recent high school graduate and incoming Stanford University student. Leeah has been a BFI participant since elementary school and has grown into an incredible leader at BFI. Over the years, she has helped host BFI’s annual Day of Service and assisted in after school... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
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10:00am PDT

Body Workshop C2 ⁠— Ethnic Studies + Theatre of the Oppressed

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This session showcases examples of new, hyper-relevant arts-integrated Ethnic Studies curriculum. Participants experience first-hand the transformative power of exploring content through Theatre of the Oppressed. In the lesson, students research history and current issues around gentrification and segregation in Seattle, through text, video and discussion. They express their own ideas and learn about other perspectives through the technique of machines: Students choose words and gestures to express an aspect of gentrification’s policies or impact. Students collaborate by connecting their words and gestures with others to create a machine to represent their concepts. Students use the same process to imagine potential alternatives, resistance and solutions, to transform the machine into a machine of change, and consider their own role in transformation.

Speakers
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Jennifer Dunn

Teacher, Seattle Public Schools
Jennifer Dunn is a Chicanx Ethnic Studies educator at South Lake High School in Rainier Valley. She has experience using Theatre of the Oppressed in the classroom and has presented her work in several spaces including the Seattle Art Museum. She is an Equity Literacy coach for the... Read More →
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Rachel Atkins

Teaching Artist
Rachel Atkins is a playwright and teaching artist. As scriptwriter for the award-winning educational theatre company Living Voices, her 12 different multi-media shows on history and social justice have been seen by over 3 million people throughout the US and Canada. A member of... Read More →



Friday August 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Body Workshop C3 ⁠— Transformative Conflict: A Trauma-Informed Approach to De-escalation, Healing, & Accountability

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Update 8/08: Under the description below, you will find materials and resources from this session.
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In this workshop we will explore healing-centered approaches to conflict that are rooted in restorative and transformative justice. We will work to undo domination-based binaries of right/wrong, good kids/bad kids, and victim/perpetrator as we disentangle practices of accountability from those of punishment. With a grounding in neuroscience, we will share techniques for fostering de-escalation, while deepening our understandings of the root causes of challenging behaviors. We will practice shifting from Reactions, often rooted in our own histories of trauma, oppression, and privilege, to Responses that make room for the unique experiences and needs of the youth in front of us. Participants will be supported to consider how they can lead their programs away from punitive approaches and towards the individual and collective possibilities of conflict transformation.


Speakers
avatar for Briana Herman-Brand

Briana Herman-Brand

Healing Justice Facilitator, BHB Training & Facilitation
Briana Herman-Brand, MSW, has been working with youth and adults for 20 years to heal and transform the root causes and impacts of trauma and oppression. Through training, facilitation, and coaching she supports individuals and communities to build skills at the intersections of... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Body Workshop C4 ⁠— Our Collective Liberation Takes All of Us.

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Update 8/12: For a recording of this session, please look for the "Video Stream" button, now visible (to logged-in participants) just above this message. 
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How can we build on youth's assets to facilitate understanding and learning and promote agency?

Come and hear directly from the youth in the Youth Leadership council as they share their stories of organizing, advocacy and how we at Young Women Empowered fulfill our mission at the intersection of race, class and gender. Our programs explicitly link racial injustice to environmental and economic injustice, as well as patriarchy and homophobia. These forces are part of the daily lived experience of many Y-WE youth and community members. We interrogate pervasive assumptions of racism and sexism while exploring the power of creative dialogue and action to deepen our lives as global citizens, connected to each other. Our programs offer deep learning and resources for resiliency and create healing community space with our diverse participants. This enables powerful and compassionate action for change. Participants will learn how to develop programs that are intersectional in their approach, to center youth voice, and to create a diverse environment that center BIPOC.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Santos

Victoria Santos

Co-Executive Director, Young Women Empowered
Victoria Santos is Young Women Empowered's Co- Executive Director. She is a leader who works for social justice and racial equity with institutions, schools and community organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Victoria is a Spanish-fluent Afro-Latina immigrant born in the... Read More →
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Lucia Santos

Youth Leadership Council Member, Young Women Empowered
Lucia Santos is a 17-year-old artist and writer from Seattle, Washington. She has been a participant in Young Women Empowered since 2017 in the Lead, Write, and Environmental Leadership Council programs. Lucia values learning about the world around her and sharing this knowledge through... Read More →
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Savanna Blackwell

Youth Leadership Council Member, Young Women Empowered
Savannah Blackwell (she/her) is a senior at Franklin High School. She enjoys singing, creating, and learning (especially from her peers and other womxn of color). She is looking forward to improving her leadership skills and growing into the powerful young woman she's becoming... Read More →



Friday August 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Zoom

12:00pm PDT

☀ Body Closing Plenary ☀ From Learning to Action

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Update 8/12: For a recording of this session, please look for the "Video Stream" button, now visible (to logged-in participants) just above this message. 
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Join us as we work to integrate our learning from the past three Fridays to move towards action in connection with colleagues and community. As we built strength in our hearts, minds, and bodies over these past weeks, what are you walking away committed to do? How will your learning shift your actions as you continue to listen, learn, heal, and support yourself, your community, and the young people you serve? We hope our time together has been a water break on this marathon we are all running to battle the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism in our communities, giving you strength to continue to sustain the commitment.


Speakers
avatar for Pedro Ciriano Perez

Pedro Ciriano Perez

Executive Director, Geeking Out Kids of Color
Pedro Ciriano Perez is the co-founder and Executive Director of Geeking Out Kids of Color, or GOKiC — an organization that is closing the digital literacy gap, battling racism and sexism through decolonizing tech education for youth. As a critical race theorist, Pedro intersects... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Werner

Jessica Werner

Executive Director, YDEKC
Jessica Paul Werner has led Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) since its inception in 2011, building the coalition of more than 100 executive leaders of youth serving organizations and establishing YDEKC as a thought leader in the fields of youth development, social... Read More →



Friday August 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom
 


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