YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

Dear Community -

 

The Seattle Black Panther Party 50thAnniversary Organizing Committee is hosting the first BPP Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.) at Rainier Beach High School on November 10th.

 

Y.E.S. is a one day intergenerational multicultural justice focused convening of youth from across King County. Elders from the BPP and the greater Rainbow Coalition will join us for a day of political education, community organizing, and relationship building. 

 

WORKSHOPS- In order for Y.E.S. to work we need your help! We are inviting you to present a 1-HR workshop in one of our three focus areas:

 

“Yesterday”- 10:45AM-11:45AM- a series of workshops to learn from our elder community organizers including a variety of local activists, revolutionaries and community organizations. Bobby Seale will close the event highlighting how and why he and Huey P. Newton started the BPP for Self-Defense and wrote the 10-point program.

 

“Today”- 1:00PM-2:00PM - a series of workshops looking at activism today and the issues facing this generation from today’s activists and youth leaders including community leaders and organizations like Nikkita Oliver, Wyking Garrett, Credible Messengers and others as well as today’s college BSUs or We also have opportunities for organizations to table at the event. We want to provide immediate opportunities for youth to plug-in and volunteer:student leaders who are doing the work now.

 

“Tomorrow”- 2:15PM-3:15PM - a series of discussions or workshops geared towards organizing young people into action groups addressing the issues they feel most relevant and urgent for their generation.

TABLING- 

 

The Graffitti Village(12PM-4PM) - an organizing and volunteer opportunities fair where Y.E.S. attendees can find out more about work currently happening in King County and sign up to volunteer. 

 

To present a WORKSHOP or TABLEplease completes this FORM.

(https://goo.gl/forms/MeFLX33vkHPadGxB2)

 

VOLUNTEERING- We also need volunteers to help with registration, set-up, clean-up, and event coordination day of the Summit. 

 

To VOLUNTEERplease complete this FORM.

(https://goo.gl/forms/BQCIa8prHQjIWN432)

 

When? The Summit is Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

Time? 9AM-5PM

Where?Rainier Beach High School

For Whom? Youth 13-24

FREE!Breakfast & Lunch provided.

 

Why Y.E.S.?

 

This past spring the Seattle BPP celebrated its 50th anniversary. They commemorated this momentous occasion with a 3-day summit highlighting the legacy of the BPP and how the work has continued. Many attended the event and were inspired by the stories, workshops and relationship building. So what’s next?

 

The Seattle BPP 50thAnniversary Organizing Committee knows that the youth are not simply our future leaders, but they are our present day leaders and revolutionaries. 

 

The average age in the BPP was 19 years old. They were on the frontlines of much needed social change. It is essential we recognize that the same is true today. Young people are on the frontlines of the most dynamic social justice movements--#BlackLivesMatter, Climate Change, #MeToo, Gun Violence, #NoNewYouthJail, etc.

 

Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.) is a way of continuing the 50th Anniversary and fulfilling our mission to empower our community in the discussion of action and strategies to address the issues we are facing.

 

What to expect?

 

Y.E.S. is a one day intergenerational multicultural justice focused convening of youth from across King County. Elders from the BPP and the greater Rainbow Coalition will join us for a day of political education, community organizing, and relationship building. 

 

Y.E.S. young people will participate in an opening plenary, workshops, food and fellowship, an opportunities fair, and a closing plenary with Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale. 

 

Y.E.S. offers young people the opportunity to come together to discuss community organizing leading to action across the 3 themes of the Seattle BPP anniversary. There will three tracks at the Summit. Each track would be consistent with the themes “yesterday, today, tomorrow”. 

 

Registrationopens at 9:00am on November 10th.

Breakfast will start at 9AM.

The opening plenary will begin at 10:00AM.

The conference closing starts at 4:00PM.

Free Breakfast & Lunch provided.


Online Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/BUeszRBcZV1k1kVt2

Nikkita "KO" Oliver

Writer l Performance Poet l Musician l Teaching Artist

The Seattle BPP 50thAnniversary Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.)

 

This year former members of the Seattle Black Panther Party, the first chapter formed outside of California in 1968, celebrated their 50thAnniversary. It featured a series of events including Film Festivals, an Evening with Kathleen Cleaver culminating in a week-long celebration during the week of April 24th at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center and Washington Hall. 

 

Speakers included Danny Glover, and former leaders from the national office including Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Party and Erica Huggins, the Director of the BPP accredited school, the Oakland Community Learning Center and proclamations from King County and the City of Seattle recognizing the BPP’s work in the community. The theme of the anniversary was and is, Yesterday, acknowledging past accomplishments, Today, highlighting today's issues and continued existence of some of our programs including the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Clinic and Tomorrow,  inspiring our young people to action.

 

This fall the celebration continues with the Youth Empowerment Summit(YES) for Leadership, a one day summit bringing high school students from across the county to learn from organizers from the past, and present and ultimately, cause them to speak to the issues facing their generation and come up with strategies to address them.

 

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT Y.E.S.

 

The Youth Empowerment Summit(YES) will continue the 50thAnniversary, fulfilling our mission to engage youth in the discussion of action and strategies to address the issues facing their generation. The goal is to have students come together to discuss community organizing leading to action across the 3 themes of the Seattle BPP 50thAnniversary. The summit will offer 3 tracks of workshops consistent with the anniversary themes. “Yesterday”-  a series of workshops to learn from community organizers of the past including a variety of local activists, revolutionaries and community organizations. “Today” - a series of workshops looking at activism today and the issues that face this generation  from today’s activists and youth leaders including community leaders like Nikkita Oliver, Wyking Garret and others as well as today’s college BSU or student leaders who are doing the work, and “Tomorrow”a series of discussions or workshops geared toward organizing young people into action groups addressing the issues they feel most relevant and urgent for their generation.

 

Critical Elements Include:

 

  • Inclusive – The summit will go beyond just BSU involvement and be inclusive of students across the spectrum.

  • Connect with a Health Symposium being held at NAAM.

  • Youth Involvement in the Planning – providing students the opportunity to further respond by utilizing an online survey to narrow down the workshops based on their input.

  • Partnering with community organizations to offer a marketplace/ resource fair to provide students with direct access to volunteering, career planning and the opportunity to learn ways of giving back to their community.

 

The event will be held on November 10that Rainier Beach High School. Bobby Seale, former National Chairman of the BPP will deliver a speech to the youth on community organizing and will be the featured keynote speaker at an evening event. 

2017 by Black Panther Party Seattle Chapter

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This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Additional support provided by:   Washington Hall, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, LANGSTON, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, CD Forum, Hidmo Cypher, 206 Zulu, Northwest African American Museum, King County Councilman Larry Gossett, Bruce Harrell, NW Film Forum