The Bronx Defenders hosted its Third Annual Youth Justice Summit!
This week, The Bronx Defenders hosted its Third Annual Youth Justice Summit. Over two days at The Bronx Defenders Justice Campus, we brought together 104 youth from three schools and one youth program: Truman High School, Bronx School of Law, Government, and Justice, Bronx Lighthouse Academy, and the BronxConnect Program.
The Bronx Defenders was joined by three of its allied organizations — Brotherhood Sister-Sol, SOS South Bronx, and Justice Committee — at the summit to engage the participants in meaningful, relevant, and empowering discussions.
Activities included panel discussions for youth to learn about potential paths to careers in organizing and advocacy, “Know Your Rights” trainings for youth to learn how to safely navigate encounters with the police, and focus group discussions to develop and support youth leadership skills to empower them to advocate for changes they want to see in their daily lives, from policing to their educational experiences.