FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2016
Contact: Tiffany Tibbot
Director of Operations
200 Teens to Attend Summit on Youth Empowerment
Local educational non-profit Peace Learning Center to host free event s to empower teenagers.
Event: Beyond You: Finding Your Passion Within
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 27, 9 am – 2 pm
Location: The Athenaeum
407 E. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Social media: #BEyondYOU
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Peace Learning Center (PLC), with support from the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, will host Beyond You: Finding Your Passion Within on Wednesday, April 27th from 9 am to 2 pm in downtown Indianapolis at the Athenaeum. During this teen summit, PLC and other youth-serving organizations will celebrate and share youth voice through interactive and dialogue based workshops to unite and empower youth to find their passion to drive change in their community. The event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is free for Indiana youth ages 13-19 years old and their adult chaperones. Groups transporting youth to the event may request a transportation scholarship. Limited seats are available and registration is required. To register and learn more visit http://conta.cc/1RY3FMr.
“This event is designed to align with Peace Learning Center’s unique approach to bullying prevention which empowers youth to find their passion and to use their voices and talents to impact their community for the greater good,” said Jay Horan, Director of Engagement at PLC.
During the event, youth will be connected with creative and inspiring ways to find their voice to speak out for themselves and others through local organizations that work with youth and/or have specific youth led initiatives. PLC will lead a community building and goal-setting workshop at the end of the day meant to help youth focus their passions and imagine what effects their actions could have on their community. Studies show that youth who are empowered in one aspect of their lives will also be empowered in other facts. Throughout the day, PLC will focus on empowering youth to be upstanders who are willing to stand-up for themselves and their own passions, as well as demonstrate they do not tolerate peer mistreatment of any kind.
The day will be divided into two 50 minute sessions, with teens able to choose a morning and afternoon session. Each breakout will be creative and open for real communication, with the goal of having youth come away from the session able to recognize how other youth are having an impact on the community.
Break-out sessions presenters include:
- ProAct Indy: Community Service
- Felege Hiywot Center: Food Access
- Humane Society of Indianapolis: Proper Care of Animals
- Chakra Zulus – Universal Zulu Nation of Central Indiana: Art & Music
- Youth MOVE Indiana: Policy Development & Mental Health
- Teen Council: Reproductive Health
- Indiana Youth Group: LGBT Rights
Tony Styxx, is an Indianapolis, IN native who has been a performer on the Indy scene since 2007 who brings spoken word poetry, Hip-Hop emceeing and human beatboxing to the stage with charismatic flare and will speak during lunch between the break-out sessions. The event will conclude with a community fair where youth can learn more about organizations whose workshops they were unable to attend, as well as play carnival games for prizes.
- 9 – 9:15 am – Welcome from DMHA and PLC
- 9:20 – 10:05 a.m. – Breakout Session 1
- 10:10 – 10:55 a.m. – Breakout Session 2
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Lunch with Tony Styxx
- 12:05 – 12:50 p.m. – PLC Community Building & Goal Setting Session
- 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Community Fair and Carnival