Youth Forum on Race and Racism

From the NH Council of Churches:

September 28, 2018
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
 

Youth Forum on Race and Racism

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9am-4pm
Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH

Register online here.
Registration deadline is Saturday, October 6, 2018

Can you encourage your church's older youth and college students to participate in this forum? Please share with any youth leaders in your congregation!

Christians of all kinds reject racism in its many forms as a matter of faith. Many denominations in the NH Council of Churches have made explicit anti-racist statements on behalf of their members. Our churches likely can all acknowledge:

  • Although we reject racism, it still persists in our churches.

  • One important way of combating racism is through mutual learning and sharing experiences.

  • Talking openly about race and racism while young makes a big difference on adult understandings of race and racism.

 

The ACLU-NH provides this Youth Forum on Race and Racism as an interactive, youth-led, and youth-focused forum with a goal of developing an awareness and understanding about ways to continue changing the narrative around race and racism in New Hampshire and to achieve racial equity in our local communities statewide. At this Youth Forum, you will be challenged to analyze power structures that impede upon social equity in preparation to be effective social justice organizers and change-makers. The multiracial team of high school and college age youth and grassroots community organizers, trainers, and facilitators includes people with anti-racist and equity organizing experience. The Youth Forum is for high school juniors and seniors, community college, and four-year university students of color and white students. Youth Forum participants will:

  • Develop a common working definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms, including individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural.

  • Develop a common language for examining racism in New Hampshire communities.

  • Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on their community work.

  • Understand why the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism for communities of color and how all of us, including white folk, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere.

  • Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism.

  • Gain knowledge about how to be more effective in your work with organizations, communities, and families.

Understand the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions to achieve racial equity in New Hampshire.