Rethinking and Deconstructing Violence with Youth

Something is Wrong: A Day-Long Skill-Building and Resource Exchange

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Saturday, September 18th 2010

9 to 6 p.m.

University of Chicago, International House

1414 East 59th Street


Building off the “Something is Wrong” curriculum guide released in February 2010, community-based organizations from across Chicago will model how to engage youth in dialogue about the root causes of violence.  This unique day-long skill-sharing & resource exchange will offer participants:

  1. Concrete resources and curriculum to use with youth in their own communities.
  2. Hands on training in how to facilitate engaging and interactive workshops with youth.
  3. An ability to ask questions directly to experts who work with youth.

Workshops will be offered by Between Friends, Beyondmedia Education, Blocks Together, BUILD Inc., Gender Just, Literature for All of Us, Mikva Challenge, Project NIA, Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team, Umoja Student Development Corporation, Young Women’s Empowerment Project.

Please also join us for a special lunchtime keynote presentation by Anisha Chablani, Deputy Director of ROCA Inc.  ROCA (www.rocainc.org) is a performance-based and outcomes-driven organization that helps young people to change their behavior and shift the trajectories of their lives through a High-Risk Youth Intervention Model.  Roca’s mission is to help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and poverty.

The event is being offered at NO COST to participants thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture at the University of Chicago. This event was organized by Project NIA (www.project-nia.org) and the newly-formed Chicago Youth Worker/Adult Ally Training and Resource Exchange (TARE).

We encourage adult allies to apply along with a couple of youth leaders who have already exhibited an interest or desire to facilitate popular education workshops.  This will be an invaluable professional development opportunity for youth and adults.  We expect all participants in this event to be BOTH teachers and learners.  Active listening and engaged participation are expected throughout the event.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Full fare CTA Passes will be available for those who need them.


Author: rootsofviolence

This is a blog by Project NIA for our Exploring the Roots of Violence initiative.

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