Young Activists: Be the Change
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July 12 – 16
5 Sessions, 2.5 hours
Ages: 8 – 11
Deadline to Register: July 5, 11:59 pm
Instructor: Almeta Whitis
Do you think one person can change the world? What about a kid or a young adult? Think of Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Amanda Gorman. These are only a few of the young people who, by charging the air with their voices and putting pen to paper, are changing our world. You, too, can make a difference in your own family, neighborhood, school, community, and even the world. This creative camp provides a safe space for youth to raise their voices through writing and public speaking and an opportunity to build on the momentum of national and global energy, where young people are organizing around causes important to them and making real change happen. We’ll engage in exciting conversation, write our hearts out, and design creative ways to share our messages with a larger audience.
Almeta Whitis is a renowned storyteller, theatre artist, author, and poet who has taught on five continents. Combining diverse stories and traditions, alongside history, she encourages students to explore movement, dance, film, and the visual arts; and helps them gain knowledge of academic subjects and the world at large. Her experience as an educator, university professor, and Master Teaching Artist has resulted in many awards, among them, Phi Delta Kappa’s 1995 Lay Teacher of the Year, National Endowment for the Arts’ Most Skilled and Experienced Community Artist, and Governor Mario Cuomo’s 1993 Decade of the Child Award. She is featured in Rochester Museum and Science Center’s “CHANGEMAKERS: 200 Rochester Women Who Have Changed The World” exhibition.
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