Thursday, May 1, 2014

Reflections and TIDE Conference participation

July Meeting: July 9th @ Myriad Gardens, Children's Area Movie Frozen 

Reflective Moment: 

I am a planning chair of Youth LEAD OKC, which stands for Youth Leaders
Engaging Across Differences in Oklahoma City. Youth LEAD is an independently entirely youth run organization that brings together teens from all different demographics, whether it be socio-economic, race based or religious. I along with three of my peers was elected to plan, facilitate and run the meetings along with the service projects we choose to do. Each project has a cultural aspect in hopes of increasing diversity in the Oklahoma City community. This has taught me how to facilitate activities for a variety of age groups ranging from Elementary students to the Elderly, from short icebreakers to entire meetings. Youth LEAD has also allowed me to recognize and appreciate the diversity, and each unique voice a person gives to build a community.

NEWS   Jack, Dane & Johnny were Boston Bound for the annual Youth LEAD ONLINE, INC. 2014 TIDE Conference.  Johnny's reflection in the TIDE page of this blog.

The Teenage Identity and Diversity Education (TIDE) Conference is a 3-day event planned and led by high school students of diverse backgrounds.

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Attendees learned to communicate respectfully and use their skills in discussions about highly-charged issues, fostering bonds and friendships that will continue after the conference.
Conference attendees participated in youth-planned and led workshops, dialogues, and other activities throughout the weekend that allow them to:
  • Discover more about themselves and their own understanding of personal identity
  • Learn about the beliefs and identities of others
  • Make their voices heard at a conference that has been planned by high school students specifically for their peers.