2013 Youth Summit
7th Annual Youth Summit Addresses The Need to Heal
the Mind, Body and Spirit of our Families
February 9, 2013 at Portland State University
Smith Memorial Union, 3rd Floor - 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
- Registration starts at 11 a.m.
- Youth talent show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Youth Organized and United to Help (Y.O.U.th) is focusing this year’s Portland Youth Summit on encouraging families to focus on building their mind, body and soul. The theme of this FREE annual, daylong event, “Be Healthy or Die Trying,” acknowledges that racial disparities can lead to obesity, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and other education health and social problems.
The Portland Youth Summit offers workshops for parents/ adults and young people. One is a movement workshop, called Soulfly Groovment, which will feature a workout CD produced by rapper and activist stic.man from the political hip-hop duo Dead Prez. This workshop will teach the necessity for meditation, holistic health, and natural body movements. Another workshop will address mental health and the societal stereotypes and resources for families.
The additional workshops topics will vary from social justice, youth and leadership empowerment, and metaphysics. On Saturday night, a Youth Talent Show, featuring rappers, dancers and singers, will be hosted by Vursatyl, an MC from the Portland hip hop group Lifesavas.
All of our powerful and educated facilitators volunteer their time to the Summit. Informative vendors, from non-profits to small businesses, are also core to the Summit. A pizza feast and networking will be held at the end of the workshops.
The first youth summit was founded by award-winning community activist Imani Muhammad in 2007 in response to the inner Northeast Portland killing of 14-year-old DaVonte Lightfoot, a Benson High School student and one of Muhammad’s former students at Victory Middle School in North Portland. Past keynote speakers have included Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Jasiri X, and the late Rob Ingram.
The summit provides an atmosphere for youth and adults to experience a high level of reasoning and “edutainment” while also exploring the five elements of Hip Hop:
- Graffiti, the writing of language or the scribe that documents the history
- Emcee, the oral griot, conveyer of the message
- Djing, the heart beat, the drum of the art or movement; DJ comes from the Djembe drum
- B-Boy/Girl , the exercise and the human expression through dance or body movement to keep the body in proper health.
- Knowledge, the reason why we are who we are and where did our roots comes from, what is the beginning of Man and where are we today.