|The Teenage Identity and Diversity Education Conference|
May 24-26, 2013
Teens from Sharon planned the 2013 Conference divided into teams with specific goals.
The recruitment team brought participants from Mass, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Arizona, California, Texas and Oklahoma.
The logistics team developed the conference schedule, hired two awesome people for Saturday night's program and finalized the food and accomodations details with staff from Stonehill College.
The facilitation team met every week since the winter to develop the Saturday workshops to have conversations about how participants can transform fear and misunderstanding in their communities.
The TIDE Experience
Friday activities aimed to unite and create a safe environment through ice breakers. In 2013, the big icebreaker was a combination Holi and Capture the Flag, Hunger Games style.
On Saturday, teen facilitators from Sharon provide a full day of workshops. In 2013, the workshops aimed to introduce Youth LEAD's theory of change which is to "transform fear, mistrust and polarization into social cohesion and collaborative problem-solving by inspiring and mobilizing youth leaders to reflect upon their beliefs, connect with others across difference, and act together to address local and global change.
Workshop 1: Reflect: Safe place and individual connections to the theory of change and feel comfortable voicing opinions on identity and personal fears.
Workshop 2: Connect: Better listening skills using clarifying questions and other Youth LEAD core skills. Additionally, participants learned what makes these skills difficult and useful.
Workshop 3: Act: Usage of skills learned to help eliminate personal fears with social cohesion
Then, participants were energized with traditional Mande music and dance by Joh Camara, dancer, choreographer and drummer.
Saturday evening after the family groups met, there was an incredible display of talent at an Open Mic event where participants shared their passion for music, poetry, and story telling.
On Sunday, participants attended workshops facilitated by Sharon teens and teens from all over the country.
Youth LEAD OKC Mentors:
Carmen's workshops: Different People, one boat; How to combat teen bullying, Maddening Mentor Moments and We Love them
Geri's workshops: Different People, one boat; Maddening Mentor Moments and We Love them
Shannon's workshops: Overcoming Religious stereotypes and prejudices, How to combat teen bullying; Maddening Mentor Moments and We Love them
Youth LEAD OKC Teens
Andrew's workshops: Yoga and Meditation
Sidney's workshops: Gendercide, Behind Body Language
Su's workshops: Gendercide, Prejudices,
Youth LEAD OKC Teens Thoughts: Forthcoming!!!