YouthVoiceNYC combines online and offline initiatives to create a space for teens to get involved in individual and collective advocacy.
Our second initiative was a Youth StART: Youth Experiences of Stop-and-frisk Told Through Art. Youth StART was an art contest and showcase featuring young people’s responses to the issue of stop-and-frisk through art. Last year, over half the people stopped by the police were between the ages of 14 and 24 and were overwhelmingly Black and Latino. Youth START aimed to elevate youth voices in the dialogue around this critical issue.
The contest culminated in an exciting showcase at the Brecht Forum on May 29th that brought together youth from across the City with advocates and artists to explore the issue of stop-and-frisk through various creative outlets and learn how they can work to change the unjust practice of stop-and-frisk.
Be The Change!
And we heard a lot of great things…
- Better schools
- Safer streets
- Less police brutality
- Better parks
- More public art
- Less bullying
- And more…
Check out the winning video and the amazing runners up here and here!