TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice announced its newest program in collaboration is with the 1921 Race Massacre Commission, the Youth Race and Leadership Forum.
The program will engage high school students in conversations about race relations in the United States, focusing on Tulsa.
Using techniques that have proven success from OCCJ’s flagship program, Anytown Leadership Institute, participants will discuss race, the legacy of Blackness in our community, and their power to advocate for change.
“As we prepare for the centennial of Tulsa’s 1921 Race Massacre it could not be more important to equip the future leaders of our city with the necessary tools to understand and engage in meaningful conversations about race,” Moises Echeverria, President, and CEO said. “There couldn’t be a better time or a better place to empower these youth to create the change we need in our community.”
During the forum, skilled facilitators and staff will guide the students in creating a safe and respectful environment for conversations about their experiences with race and ethnicity.
Participants will also create action plans to implement in their schools and communities.
The action plans involve buy-in from their peers, from their schools, congregations, and community. Participants who finish their projects are eligible to receive a one-time gift.
Students in the 10th and 11th grade are invited to apply for the forum which takes place virtually.
Dates for the forum are Sept. 25, 26, and Oct. 3. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4.