Sponsored by our interfaith community in Summit, S.T.A.R. (Summit Teens Against Racism) offers a small group setting for youth to learn more about the dynamics of race and privilege in their communities and schools. Beacon Youth participated in the first round in February 2016 led by trained facilitators from The Roots Project.
STAR 2.0 will launch in October/November 2017. All participants must agree to attend the sessions and pay a fee. Scholarships are available. STAR 2.0 will consist of four phases to complete the program:
Part 1: Open House and Reunion for STAR students and families [2 hours]
Part 2: Facilitation Skills Overnight Training [Saturday – Sunday]
Part 3: STAR 2.0 Understanding Race and Racism Overnight Retreat [Friday – Sunday]
Part 4: Coalition Building and Growth Planning Session [4 hours]
In addition to our local program, 4-8 local STAR graduates are invited to participate in Project ROOTS, a week-long residential program for high school students, expanding their connection to community groups and schools around the U.S. working towards social change.
During this life-changing journey, our youth participants will:
- better understand themselves and feel empowered in their identity
- cultivate self-esteem and self-love
- develop empathy for the experiences of others from diverse backgrounds
- build the cultural intelligence necessary for engaged global citizenship
- learn strategies for self-care through mindfulness practices
- gain the tools with which to challenge bias, bullying and oppression
- create a growth plans to catalyze change at the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels
Please contact Elyssa Nielsen, the Social Justice Chair of Beacon’s Youth Group for more information.