Our youth leaders and staff are studying Dr. King’s Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change during the To Us, You Matter Civic Engagement Summer. They share some of their views on Step 1: Information Gathering. To understand and articulate an issue, problem or injustice facing a person, community, or institution we must do research, investigate…

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What’s On Our Minds: Call and Response with Dr. King Our youth leaders present their essays in response to passages from Dr. King’s writings that inspire them during our To Us, You Matter Civic Engagement Summer. Peace, justice, nonviolence, interconnectedness, education, power and the need for self-transformation to change the world. These are some of…

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“In leadership, sometimes it’s hard, you don’t always get the win right away. You need to put your marker down and keep trying on these issues.” –Representative Kevin McCarty We are grateful to CA Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for joining us for an online Leadership Seminar in which we discussed the importance of the long haul…

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“Don’t underestimate your abilities. All of the things we are learning will come to fruition in time, and it will be important for you to know the things that you have learned.” –Debra Entenman Washington State Representative Debra Entenman joined our youth and staff for an online leadership seminar and she dialoged with us about…

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“While it’s important for young people to be able to drive, you don’t have to be able to to re-invent the wheel. There are many generations of activists, intellectuals and social justice warriors that have come before—familiarize yourself with their work.” –Jonathan Cunningham Our gratitude to Jonathan Cunningham for joining our youth and staff to…

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“So much of what has to drive us going forward is taking a look at our history and what our ancestors and our people have come through, how hard they fought.” –Diana Becton Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton joined our youth and staff for an online leadership seminar to share her wisdom, experience…

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“Now is the perfect time to be showing that our voices matter and we are making change happen.” Rep. Steve Bergquist Thanks to Steve Bergquist for joining us for one of our online leadership seminars. He dialoged with our youth and staff about his wealth of experience and insights learned while being a high school…

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“Community is so important, and there are certain principles of taking care of one another that are fundamental. At any moment we have to trust each other.” –Lamar Thorpe Lamar Thorpe joined out youth and staff for an online leadership seminar and shared his wisdom about the principles of fairness, providing opportunity and ethics that…

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“There’s no better time to have a conversation about leadership. Leadership is what is going to bring us to a better America.” –Peggy Wallace Kennedy We are grateful and humbled that civil rights leaders Peggy Wallace Kennedy and retired Justice Mark Kennedy joined our youth and staff for an online leadership seminar. They have dedicated…

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“I challenge you, as young people, to think about who in your own lives—whether it’s family, community or at school—is the most marginalized? What can you do, or what can you advocate for and elevate from their experience, to then benefit everyone else?” –Rep. Jesse Johnson Our youth and staff are grateful to Washington State…

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