Southern Oregon University is partnering with the Medford and Ashland School District’s to host to the third annual Black Youth Leadership Summit.
To be prepared, in some school districts.
Newswatch 12's jayda mcclendon explains how the program is bringing the black community together.
Being around someone who looks like you and shares similar experiences isn't always feasible for black youth in southern oregon.
The black youth leadership summit is opporunity to make that happen.
During the program black youth can explore their identities, network and participate in interactive workshops and listen to guest speakers.
Topics include leadership and financial literacy, which tie into this year's theme "against all odds, black success continues" organizgers say the program is a unique opportunity for black youth to bond with each other.
There are many ways to express blackness, but to also see that we have a shared history of shared culture that ties us together.
And, uh, that gives us a perspective that others that might not have.
So this really is an opportunity for those students to get together and see those spaces and see those pieces in one space.
Last year, more than 150 students attended from seven southern oregon school districts.