Share your voice and ideas at the Youth Social Justice Conference

Challenging young people to challenge themselves. Educating our students outside the box. Helping them develop their own compass to navigate their way through the world.

That’s what the Youth Social Justice Conference at the Main Library on Saturday, March 16, 10 am-3pm, is all about.

We keep showing up for America. When will America show up for us? Artwork by Sam Kirk,

A day of learning, exchanging ideas, growth

All are invited to the one-day “Educate to Liberate” Youth Social Justice Conference, which will feature community builders, expert speakers, group panel discussions, and engaging activities, including:

  • Stage reading by Echo Theater Collective
  • Performance from the Oak Park and River Forest High School Hip Hop Club
  • Keynote address from Dr. David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago professor of African American Studies, Criminology, and Law and Justice

This full day of learning, exchanging ideas, and growth is meant to create space for youth to critically explore social justice topics, inspire them to take action in their community and the world, equip them with the necessary tools, and connect them to community builders and peers leading ongoing efforts for community and global transformation.

Register for the conference »

Young people connecting with mentors, one another

This one-day conference builds on a grant-funded initiative based at the library since October 2017, made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In partnership with Triton College and the Equity Team (E-Team), we offer activities that build personal and social skills for middle and high schoolers, after-school tutoring, mentorship for young people planning to enter college and the workforce, and support for families as they navigate community resources and school systems.

Learn more about the initiative »

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