Youth Truth is a free series of interactive online conversations for young people ages 16–24. These conversations center on exploring reform solutions for systems that impact youth unjustly or promote disenfranchisement. This initiative is led by youth with the purpose of engaging their peers to increase social awareness and use the arts as a vehicle to prompt social change. Youth Truth looks at the music that formed the soundtrack to periods of social change starting in the 1960s, and asks participants, “How did we get there? Why did we stay there? Where do we go from here?” Teaching artists and music professionals join participants to share their insights into how music drives, supports, and gives voice to social change during oppressive times.
We invite young people ages 16–24 to participate in this free opportunity and benefit from
- a safe space to have open conversations among peers
- mentorship from music industry professionals
- interactive artistic experiences
- personal and professional development in public speaking, relationship building, communication, and social skills
Participate in Youth Truth
Upcoming events will take place online through Zoom. Text YOUTHTRUTH to 855-234-9801 to sign up!
Friday, February 26 at 4 PM–5:30 PM
Friday, March 26 at 4 PM–5:30 PM
Friday, April 30 at 4 PM–5:30 PM
Past Youth Truth guests have included:
- Victoria Ritz, VP of Talent and Casting at Big Fish Entertainment
- Shantique Dunkley, Senior Casting Producer at Big Fish Entertainment
- Ayanna Ferguson, Child and Family Therapist
- David Gray, Co-Head of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group
- Ari Gelaw, A&R Manager at Universal Music Publishing Group
- Alisa Coleman, Chief Operating Officer at ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
- Hernán Carvente Martinez, National Youth Partnership Strategist at Youth First Initiative
- Michelle Burrell, Project Director of Queens Legal Services
- Andrew Wilkes, Author of Freedom Notes: Reflections on Faith, Justice and the Possibility of Democracy