Are you, or do you know, a high schooler (9th to 12th grade) from Salt Lake City’s west side who is interested in community research, social justice, art, critial thinking, college credit. . . or all of the above? Because, Youth Voices is recruiting participants for the 2019-20 school year!
What is Youth Voices?
Since its inception, Youth Voices has been a youth led program that engages young people as leaders in their communities. It provides a safe space for you to join a diverse collective of peers with whom to share a wide range of personal experiences. The ultimate goal is to combine those experiences with community-based research and to understand and address issues faced in west side neighborhoods.
Youth Voices gives you a platform from which you can speak and express yourself. A space to share with your peers and be able to openly discuss your thoughts, opinions, and what you observe in your community.
In Youth Voices we work to engage students from different cultural backgrounds in critically considering issues pertaining to social justice, while empowering and equipping you with tools and skills to help break down barriers of race, class, gender, and other systems of power. The eventual goal is to bring about positive change within your community.
Many students in Youth Voices continue returning because they know that it is theirs, and want to keep learning. Plus, participants earn college credit from the University of Utah! But, more importantly, is the academic processes you can master, the networks and connections you can build, and the experiences you will gain. And, since most people are hungry in the late afternoon, snacks and food are also provided at every session!
Youth Voices schedule
Youth Voices meets every Monday and Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the UNP Hartland Partnership Center (1578 West 1700 South).
Youth Voices is coordinated by Saia Langi (with Glendale Middle School and the University of Utah’s Youth Ed Program) and Jeilani Athman (Student Success Advocate at the University of Utah).