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Youth Leadership and Activism Conference

14 January 2015 Published in Past Events

We had a fantastic conference and are grateful to all of the youth participants as well as the co-sponsoring organizations.

Inspired Youth Activists Ready to Make Their Mark on the World >> - written by a Highland High School student reporter for their school newspaper

Photos & tweets from student participants and co-sponsoring organizations >>.

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January 24, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Level 5, University of Utahupdated youth activism conf flyer copy

 

Note: The location has been changed. The conference will now be at 1655 E. Campus Center Drive, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Level 5, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112.

High school students! Join us at this FREE event to learn basic activist skills and end discrimination in school discipline.

High school students! Join us to learn basic activist skills and end discrimination in school discipline.

The conference is focused on developing the skills in youth that will empower you to organize and advocate against the School-to-Prison pipeline. Although, these activist skills will be useful for other causes and leadership positions.

Students are the ones impacted by this problem and students can make a difference by learning basic activist skills. So come to the conference and attend Breakout sessions such as "Interacting and Using the Media" and "Citizen Lobbyist Training" where the training will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck and David Litvack, director of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

Where: 1655 E. Campus Center Drive, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Level 5, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112.  See a map >>

This event is FREE and lunch will be included, but you must RSVP >>

Schedule:
8:30am-9:00am - Check-in and grab breakfast
9:00am-9:30am - Keynote speaker, Law Professor, Emily Chiang
9:30am-10:30am - Introduction to the School-to-Prison pipeline, J.D Candidate and Training & Education Specialist at Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Nubia Pena
10:30am-11:30am - Know Your Rights Training, J.D Candidates, Vannessa Walsh and Ryan Nielsen
11:30am-12:00pm - Speak up now!, Activities for everyone
12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch, Tabling, Raffle
1:00pm-2:00pm - Citizen Lobbyist Training, ACLU of Utah Public Policy Advocate, Anna Brower
2:00pm-3:00pm - Legislative Panel, Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Representative Angela Romero, Senator Aaron Osmond, and former representative and current director of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council David Litvack
3:00pm-3:15pm - Break
3:15pm-4:15pm - Using & Interacting with the Media, ACLU of Utah Racial Justice Associate Kathy Abarca and Youth Activists: Marcelina Kubica and Nithin Chalapathi
4:15pm-5:00pm - Wrap up & Prizes, ACLU of Utah Public Policy Advocate, Anna Brower

What is the School-to-Prison pipeline?

The School-to-Prison pipeline is the systematic push of students out of school through overly harsh discipline policies and practices. These policies and practices can take the form of zero tolerance discipline, the misuse of School Resource Officers (SROs), and the overuse of suspensions/expulsions.

This type of harsh discipline puts students at higher risk of entering the criminal justice system in their lifetime. People who are suspended just once before grade 9 are at higher risk of dropping out of school (Losen, Hewitt and Todson). And those who drop out of school are more than eight times more likely to go to prison than students who graduate (Harlow).

In Utah, a study finds that Black students are disciplined more than three times more than expected and American Indian students are three and a half time more likely to receive a disciplinary action than any other racial group (Fingerpaint to Fingerprints)

Nationally, in the 2011-2012 school year, there were 3.5 million students in in-school suspension, 1.9 million students in single out –of-school- suspensions, 1.55 million students with multiple out-of-school suspensions, and 130,000 expelled students (US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights).

Find out more about the School-to-Prison pipeline >>

What Can You Do About It?

Be part of the movement to end the School-to-Prison pipeline!

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