Thanks to everyone who attended the Youth Social Justice Conference on October 21 at the Main Library! 

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Youth Social Justice Conference 2017

Igniting involvement

The Youth Social Justice Conference on Saturday, October 21, planned by library staff and youth coordinators, was “an amazing experience” that drew a multigenerational crowd of more than 70 adults and teens to confront challenges that marginalized populations face daily, said Middle School Services Librarian Jose Cruz. “We hope it reignited young people's desire to get involved.” Read more > 

'Revolution, solution, equity, and empathy'

The Youth Social Justice Conference was an outgrowth of April's Social Justice Conference at the Main Library, which convened 12 community organizations and over 50 attendees for what one participant called “seven hours of revolution, solution, equity, and empathy.” Cruz said the day helped build tighter networks across organizations, and spurred organizers and participants to start planning the October conference focused on youth.

For October's conference, library staff and youth coordinators worked together in committees all summer "to focus on some of the issues confronting tweens and teens locally and more broadly," he said.

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