On October 10, approximately 200 people, including secondary school students from across Niagara Catholic, parents, teachers, community partners and administrators participated in a Youth Summit: Changing Mindset in a Changing World, which examined socio-economic issues and their effects on academic achievement and wellness, and engaged in curriculum creation within a human rights framework.
This event was jointly supported and funded by the Social Justice Research Institute and Faculty of Education at Brock University, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the Durham District School Board and the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
The morning began with a dynamic keynote address by beat poet Britta B, who shared her story of finding a place where she belonged after a challenging start to her life. Her story captivated attendees, and inspired them to find ways to improve their own lives, and the lives of those around them.
In the afternoon, students participated in a number of workshops designed to challenge them to think about issues affecting teens today, including Creating a Culture of Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools, A Teacher’s Journey – Creating Change, Literacy that Matters, The Power of Collaboration and a youth panel titled, What You Need to Hear.