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Webinar: Authentically Sharing Power with Young People

Thursday, January 30 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

Criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin said, “Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” Organizations often grapple with the question of how to authentically engage with those we are serving. While engagement can look different, some foundations have people with lived expertise serve as decision makers and give them the power to help create the solutions.  

YouthPrise’s mission is to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota young people by mobilizing and investing resources, advancing knowledge, and advocating for change. This work is done alongside those they serve. At all levels, from the board to staff to grantmaking, young people are given the power to be the decision makers that can make true change. Marcus Pope, Vice President, and Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, Advancement and Communications Officer, will be sharing their experience of sharing power with young people to create change in their community and how young people are helping to shape the solutions to improve the lives of youth across Minnesota. 

Please RSVP below if you are able to attend. We look forward to an engaging discussion! 

Learning Objectives

We hope that participants will walk away from this webinar having:

  • Explored how YouthPrise has engaged young people in their mission to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota youth. 
  • Discussed the range of ways foundations can share power with young people authentically. 
  • Shared lessons learned and opportunities in engaging young people in the decision making process.  
January 30, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

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