Youth In Action loves to travel and share our work across the country. We are available for conferences and speaker series.
Our young people have presented at:
Free Minds Free People Conference
NYCore: Conference for Radical Educators
Educators of Color Conference at Providence College
Promising Practices Conference at Rhode Island College
Boston Area Educators for Social Justice Conference
Harvard Alumni of Color Conference
Youth-Led Social Justice Activism in Rhode Island Panel at Rhode Island College
Youth Leadership Institute
We also curate exhibits and galleries that we’d love to bring to your space:
Who are you(th) – A Gallery on Identity, Place, and Story
This gallery explores the many dimensions of identity and unearths the things that shape our everyday experiences – such as race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality. What are the power structures at play that perpetuate inequality and inequity? This is at the heart of conversations. At the heart of this exhibit is how we move forward.
Corridor Communities – A Participatory Mapping Exhibit
We think that when used unconventionally, maps can be used as an act of social change. Maps can inspire or induce, bringing attention to social issues, stories, and history in a given community. With no predetermined beginning, the narrative of a map lends itself to an honest, participatory experience of location, space, and place. “Broad-ly” is the first atlas in our series, Corridor Communities. The project aims to unearth the things that are right in front of us, using spacial narrative and social justice as the lens through which to do so.
A Dream Deferred – A Visual Conversation on the School to Prison Pipeline
Born out of a project with the Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Youth In Action students engaged in discussions concerning the American Dream using four guiding pillars; optimism, individual liberty, freedom from fear and economic opportunity. For many of the students, the American Dream was closely linked to their education. Through the course of the week students considered the struggle between power and freedom that shapes the educational system. How does the school-to-prison pipeline impact students of color in the state of Rhode Island today? How might students of color exist and function in a society and system that views them as a “problem”? We hope this exhibition serves as a space for reflection about how the built environment, discipline, curricula, and stereotypes continue to challenge young people of color in the state’s public education system.