NCCJ Youth Leadership Conference

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Youth Leadership Conference
March 7, 2017

North Carolina A&T State University

What is the Youth Leadership Conference?

Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), is a student-led conference that prepares and empowers youth to discuss ways to combat bias, bigotry and racism in schools and the greater community.

Who can attend?

The conference is open to 250 Guilford County high school sophomores and juniors. Traditional schools may bring up to 12 students, while middle colleges may bring up to 6 students. To expand our message of inclusion in the schools, please bring delegates who have not attended the ANYDAY or ANYTOWN programs. Spaces are available until filled. To register, email Megan Sappenfield or call 336-272-0359.

How are students selected?

Principals, counselors, or teachers at each school collaborate to select students from all racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds.

When and where is it?

YLC is Wednesday, March 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). Schools will check in at the Academic Classroom Building.

How do we get there?

NC A&T University is located near the heart of downtown Greensboro, NC. For directions, please click here.

Each school should arrange for buses to bring students to and from NC A&T. We encourage schools in close proximity to bus pool. Buses should drop staff and delegates off at the entrance to the Academic Classroom Building, and proceed to bus parking (if parking for the event). There will be A&T attendants to direct the buses.

What is the agenda?

  • Opening plenary session to reflect on the conference theme
  • Small group discussions between students from other schools on topics such as stereotypes, harassment, prejudice, discrimination, etc.
  • Session for students to meet others from their school, and explore ways to improve the school's human relations climate
  • Closing plenary session to share ideas and leave empowered to make a difference in their schools and communities

Is lunch provided?

Yes, NCCJ will provide lunch and a morning snack for students and adults. When sending a list of attending delegates, please include any food restrictions of which we need to be made aware.

Who leads the discussions?

The discussions are led by high school students who are graduates of ANYTOWN, NCCJ's premier summer leadership institute that have been trained to facilitate small groups.

Additional Information for Schools:

  1. Each school should arrange for transportation to and from NC A&T.
  2. At least one counselor/teacher/adult must stay at NC A&T for the day.
  3. Students will receive a certificate of completion; these will be sent to YLC Coordinators after the conference.
  4. Please call Megan Sappenfield, at 336-272-0359 ext. 17 or if you have any questions or need additional information.