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March 9, 2020

Second Annual Youth Collective Summit Focuses on Civic Engagement

Last week on March 5, WNET hosted its second Youth Collective Summit at the New School. Youth Collective is a youth engagement initiative focused on amplifying youth voice and providing a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world. This year’s theme was “BEYOND THE VOTE: Gen Z and Civic Engagement,” which brought together more than 200 high school students from across New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

Students participate in “Storytelling as Civic Engagement” workshop, which featured American Portrait.

Throughout the day, students participated in “activation stations,” a storytelling and media-making workshop featuring PBS American Portrait, and ethics-driven discussions around election-year issues. Students also heard from inspiring youth speakers, including Ziad Ahmed, Deja Foxx, Chelsea Miller and Matt Post, and participated in a media literacy workshop led by MediaWise and their newest ambassadors: WNET’s very own Hari Sreenivasan and students from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. The day ended with a moving performance from Broadway’s Hamilton The Musical star, Lexi Lawson.

Following the youth summit, Youth Collective will stay connected with these students via social media and by inviting them to WNET to present projects extending the ideas of civic engagement they explored at the summit.

To see some of the media created, take a look at our videos: Let’s Talk Civic Engagement and Beyond the Vote: Youth Leaders Stepping Up. Many thanks to all the WNET staff who helped make the event a success.

Lexi Lawson performs.

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