YouthVoiceNYC combines online and offline initiatives to create a space for teens to get involved in individual and collective advocacy.
Youth-led Mayoral Debate
On May 29th, 40 teens came together with RAP to host the city’s first ever youth-led mayoral debate. The debate focused engaged over 200 teens from around the city, both at the event and through our youth advocacy website youthvoicenyc.com. The debate focused on an array of issues identified by young people throughout the city, and was facilitated entirely by our amazing youth leaders! Read more
One of the most exciting aspects of the debate was the launch of YouthVoiceNYC.com! The website allows for online participation in exciting youth-led campaigns, and helps drives offline social justice and civic engagement! Check it out!
The debate has also kickstarted more targeted conversations with mayoral candidates – starting with a policy briefing with Sal Albanese. Read more about this exciting meeting!
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!