Sat, August 27, 2022 11:00 A.M.
Philadelphia City Institute
Teens age 12 - 19, are you passionate about social justice? Are you interested in learning and discussing gun violence, media polarization, and income inequality? Do you want to connect with other teens who care as much as you do? Join the 2022 Teen Justice Fellows and guest speakers at the Free Library of Philadelphia's seventh annual Social Justice Symposium. We'll discuss the issues, discover how they interrelate, and explore how they can be expressed through art.
The Symposium will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the Philadelphia City Institute Library (1905 Locust Street), from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served and community service hours are available for interested students.
Registration is required; please RSVP by August 25 at tinyurl.com/JusticeSymposium. Masks are strongly encouraged and participants will be able to eat indoors or outdoors.
Kendra Van de Water and James Aye, co-founders of YEAH Philly, will join us to present “Healing in the Hood: Supporting Black Youth in the Aftermath of Gun Violence and Shootings.” They will address the impact and trauma associated with young people after a violent event involving guns in our neighborhoods. This session will create a space for young people to openly discuss their exposure to gun violence in Philadelphia while creating possible solutions for a community response to shootings involving youth. We will explore existing resources and support on a systems level as well as identify tools and resources specifically for young people impacted by gun violence.
Spoken word artist LindoYes will also give a talk and performance exploring intersections between income inequality and artistic expression. LindoYes is a spoken word artist, creator of LindoYes! Clothing line, and an event host who was born and raised in uptown Philadelphia, PA. He is an unapologetically Black fusion of theatrical poetics and visual art whose work addresses the constructs of love, masculinity and social injustice. Lindo’s work has been featured in Philadelphia Weekly, The Waco Theather black history celebration and on the well-known poetry youtube channel, Button Poetry.
This program is generously sponsored by the Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers.