Cincinnati Youth Summit

 OSA hosts Cincy Youth Summit 

 The University of Cincinnati’s Ohio Student Association hosted workshop sessions for Cincinnati’s  Youth Summit: Our Time to Shine on November 9th, 2013. About 50 students in Grades 7-12  attended OSA’s workshop “All Star Student: Leadership Development 101” throughout the day.

 Students explored examples of youth organizing such as the Dream  Defenders work in Florida, the  Philadelphia Student Union in Pennsylvania,  and our very own Ohio Student Association’s work in  Ohio. They defined the  issues that each group was working for or against and examined the  methods  that each group used to make change. After learning from these  other young activists, students were  asked to share their own passions and  what they would like to see change.

 Many students shared that they are concerned with community violence,  school climates, and  homelessness. Finally, each student developed an  individual leadership plan. The leadership plan gave  each student a space to  reflect on how they would like to be seen as a leader as well as their plan for  including others. 

By: Megan Kreaps