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Following the success of The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and the US Economy: Confronting Challenges of 21st Century Youth held in April, 2015, in partnership with the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), The Ethics Project hosted the National Youth Summit on Education, Justice and the US Economy: The Leadership Academy on January 14th and 15th, 2016. Thanks to the generosity of the Clark Fox Family Foundation, the Summit opened with a reception at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Atrium and Foyers in Washington DC on January 13, 2016, and continued with plenary sessions the following day, January 14th, 2016, in the Terrace Theater of The Kennedy Center. On January 15th, 2016, students participated in a full day of workshops on education, justice, entrepreneurship, economics, and STEM prior to participating in the closing ceremony hosted by the historically acclaimed research institution, Howard University.
The Summit, once again,brought together talented and intellectually gifted students from cities across the United States to work with leading educators, academics, and economists to examine the school to prison pipeline, create a model of discipline based on inherent strengths and develop innovative economic strategies not dependent upon the current system of mass incarceration. Using successful models students were challenged and encouraged to pursue a resurgence of academic excellence, highly engaged educators and exceptional expectations for themselves and those that serve them.
- High school student leaders and college freshmen from cities throughout the US
- Student representatives from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
- Workshop Facilitators – local and national experts
- Keynote Speaker
- Plenary speakers
- Guides – Howard University Student Ambassadors
- Business Mentors*
Schools and organizations are asked to select students based on high intellectual capacity and leadership skills regardless of academic performance or disciplinary record. Chaperones should accompany all participants under the age of 18.
NOMINATE A STUDENT:
We encourage you to nominate a student in their sophomore, junior or senior year who attends a public, private, parochial or charter high school. The recommendation will be forwarded to their high school principal.
The Ethics Project, in partnership with Howard University (1/2016) and the University of Missouri St. Louis, Tom George, Chancellor (NYS 2015 & NYS 9/2016)
SUPPORTERS AND ADVISERS PAST AND PRESENT:
Senator Claire McCaskill, US Senator from Missouri (NYS 2015)
Tod Martin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Claire McCaskill (NYS 2015)
Francis G. Slay, Mayor, City of St. Louis (NYS 2015)
Charlie Dooley, Former St. Louis County Executive (NYS 2015)
Ambassador Andrew Young, Chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation
Frankie Freeman, Esq., Former Commissioner, US Commission on Civil Rights (NYS 2015)
Daniel Isom, PhD, Former Dir, Mo Dept. of Public Safety, Endowed Professor of Criminology, Former Chief of Police of the City of St. Louis
Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept. (NYS 2015)
Chief, Jon Belmar, Chief, St. Louis County Police Dept. (NYS 2015)
Kelvin Adams, Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools
Judge James Dowd, Former Chief Judge, Mo Court of Appeals (NYS 2015)
Judge Jimmie Edwards, Former Presiding Judge Juvenile Court, Founder, Innovative Concept Academy & Nat’l Judge of the Year
Judge David Mason, Presiding Judge, St. Louis City Juvenile Court
C. Jessel Strong, Immediate Past-President, St. Louis Clergy Coalition
Michael Jones, Pastor, Friendly Temple
Dr. Freddy J. Clark, Pastor, Shalom Church
Rodney Francis, Pastor, Washington Tabernacle Church & Executive Dir., Youth & Family Center
Donald Suggs, Publisher and Executive Editor, St. Louis American Newspaper
Maxine Clark, Founder, Build-a-Bear Workshop & CEO, Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Lynn Jackson, Great great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and Founder, President, Dred & Harriett Scott Foundation
Joseph Anderson, Immediate Past-President, 100 Black Men of St. Louis
Flint Fowler, President, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
Adrian Bracy, President, St. Louis Metropolitan YWCA
Stefan Bradley, PhD., Director of African American Studies, St. Louis University
Tony Neal, Founder and CEO, Educational Equity Consultants
Halbert Sullivan, CEO, Father Support Center
Adolphus Pruitt, President, NAACP, St. Louis Branch
The Ethics Project
Christi Griffin, Founder & President, The Ethics Project
Tony Neal, Principal Educational Equity Consultants
Leon Sharpe, Strategic Consultant, The Praxis Group
Melba Moore, St. Louis Commissioner of Health
Amber Simpson, VP Diversity National Markets, US Bank
B. Marcell Williams, Founder, Jewels, Inc.
Brandon Williams, Former NFL player, entrepreneur
Joseph Anderson, President 100 Black Men
Yaa Sarpong, 2L, Columbia University School of Law, past CORO Fellow to The Ethics Project (NYS 2015)
Deborah Burris, Director and Chief Diversity Officer (NYS 2015 -9/2016)
Dan Isom, PhD, Endowed Professor, Department of Criminology & Director, Missouri Department of Public Safety
Finn Esbensen, PhD, Endowed Professor & Chair Department of Criminology (NYS 2015)
Elizabeth Van Um, Special Asst. to Chancellor Academics Affairs (NYS 2015)
Forrest VanNess, Chief of Police & Director Institutional Safety (NYS 2015)
John Cattanach, Director Touhill Performing Arts Center (NYS 2015)
United Way of Metropolitan St. Louis (NYS 2015)
Yinka Faleti, J.D. | Senior Vice President, Philanthropic, Donor, and Community Services, United Way of Metropolitan St. Louis (NYS 2015)
Rick Skinner | Vice President, Volunteer Center | United Way of Metropolitan St. Louis (NYS 2015)
The Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., opened to the public in September 1971. But its roots date back to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center. To honor Eisenhower’s vision for such a facility, one of the Kennedy Center’s theaters is named for him.
The National Cultural Center Act included four basic components: it authorized the Center’s construction, spelled out an artistic mandate to present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, specified an educational mission for the Center, and stated that the Center was to be an independent facility, self-sustaining and privately funded. As a result of this last stipulation, a mammoth fundraising campaign began immediately following the Act’s passage into law.
President John F. Kennedy was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts, and frequently steered the public discourse toward what he called “our contribution to the human spirit.” Kennedy took the lead in raising funds for the new National Cultural Center, holding special White House luncheons and receptions, appointing his wife Jacqueline and Mrs. Eisenhower as honorary co-chairwomen, and in other ways placing the prestige of his office firmly behind the endeavor. [The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts]
President Kennedy also attracted to the project the man who would become the Center’s guiding light for nearly three decades. By the time Kennedy appointed him as chairman of the Center in 1961, Roger L. Stevens had already achieved spectacular success in real estate (i.e. negotiating the sale of the Empire State Building in 1951), politics, fundraising, and the arts; as a theatrical producer, he had brought West Side Story, A Man for All Seasons, and Bus Stop to the stage. Over the next 30 years, Stevens would oversee the Center’s construction, then would shepherd it to prominence as a crucible for the best in music, dance, and theater.
Two months after President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Congress designated the National Cultural Center (designed by Edward Durell Stone) as a “living memorial” to Kennedy, and authorized $23 million to help build what was now known as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fundraising continued at a swift pace–with much help coming from the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers, who fanned out across the nation to attract private support and nations around the world began donating funds, building materials, and artworks to assist in the project’s completion. In December 1964, President Lyndon Johnson turned the first shovelful of earth at the Center’s construction site, using the same gold-plated spade that had been used in the groundbreaking ceremonies for both the Lincoln Memorial in 1914 and the Jefferson Memorial in 1938.
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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.Howard is a leader in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation has ranked Howard as the top producer of African-American undergraduates who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees. The University also produces more minority doctoral graduates in computer science than any other university in the nation and boasts nationally ranked programs in social work, business and communication sciences and disorders. In 2013, The Washington Post named Howard “An Incubator for Cinematographers.
“The College of Medicine is internationally regarded for its illustrious legacy of training students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities at home and abroad. The College is a national leader in studying health disparities among people of color and is one of America’s top institutions for training women surgeons. The Howard University Health Sciences division includes the Howard University Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and as well as Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
For more than 140 years, the Howard University School of Law has served as an advocate for social justice and as an architect of social change. It has produced more than 4,000 social engineers including the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, noted legislators, civil rights attorneys, mayors and public officials across the United States. In 2012, the Law School was ranked among the top 20 public service schools by National Jurist magazine.
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We are very honored and excited to collaborate with Howard University and to introduce participating students to this extraordinary institution.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
Planning for The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice and the US Economy (NYS) began in August, 2013, to give ownership to youth in solving increasingly entrenched problems of disparities in education, economic opportunities and the criminal justice system that broadly impinges upon the entire nation and disproportionately impacts youth of color. President Obama’s announcement regarding My Brother’s Keeper reflects concerns that fully align with the goals and efforts of The NYS. With that in mind, the NYS provides an additional launching pad for “leading foundations and businesses that will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color, “ by including youth as a critical part of the conversation and solution.
By engaging youth of diverse backgrounds from 50 cities across the United States, The Summit provides an unprecedented opportunity to support the progress of White House initiatives and to heighten awareness of the problems faced by youth of color. With these young men and women being our next generation of leaders, the Summit will specifically explore strategies to:
Increase high school graduation rates
Lower unemployment rates
Broaden academic visions
Improve economic mobility and opportunities
Improve school discipline
Decrease crime and over-incarceration
Increase education achievement
Decrease human and socio-economic costs
Increase STEMM awareness & opportunities
Develop tools for increased communication
Diminish racial barriers
Unify law enforcement and the community
THE BLACK SILICON VALLEY
The Black Silicon Valley, LLC. (BSV) is a national technology incubator/accelerator housed in 100,000 sq.ft. state of the art technology campus in Atlanta, GA. BSV specializes in connecting and preparing historically disconnected and underserved populations for the full and equitable participation in high growth technological entrepreneurship and the emerging innovation economy. This critical work is accomplished by establishing outcome-driven partnerships with the nation’s “mainstream” economic development organizations and resource providers (i.e. incubators, accelerators, early-stage funders, foundations, government, academia, mature companies etc.), and strategically aligned (yet disconnected) ethnic minority stakeholders.
The minority stakeholders and organizations that (BSV) targets are those who maintain the necessary backgrounds and skill sets to immediately participate in emerging innovation ecosystems, but do not operate within the day-to-day traditional and longstanding mainstream innovation networks. By virtue of bringing these disconnected networks together, BSV is able to positively impact the three most critical components of any emerging innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem –deals, technology, and talent
This Economic Rights agenda will provide economic impact, wealth, job creation, technology skills training, and access to the most important industry in the world. A specific emphasis will be on youth technology training and entrepreneurship to address the significant gap in prison complex and the education/technology complex for young African Americans. Mentoring on ownership will be an asset and solution for this pressing ill as we have witnessed in Ferguson, Mo.
Dr. E. Lance McCarthy
Paul E. Hiles
FACILITATORS/SPEAKERS (Those noted in bold have committed to returning to NYS 2016)
Dr. Ivory Toldson, PhD Assoc. Professor of Counseling Psychology, Howard University and Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Dr. Norman White, Assoc. Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, St. Louis University
Maxine Clark, Founder and former CEO, Build-a-Bear Corporation
Tony Neal, President and CEO of Educational Equity Consultants
Halbert Sullivan, Founder & CEO, Father Support Center
Dr. Michael Railey, Assoc. Dean, Multicultural Affairs, St. Louis University School of Medicine (NYS 2015)
Judge Jimmie Edwards, former Presiding Judge, St. Louis City Juvenile Court, National Judge of the Year, Founder Innovative Concept Academy
Kymberly Smith Jackson, former US Prosecuting Attorney, Principal, Phoenix Law Firm, Washington, DC
Terrence Roberts, Ph.D., one of The Little Rock Nine & Founder of The Little Rock Nine Foundation
The Hon. Michael Wolf, former Chief Judge, Mo Supreme Court, Dean, Saint Louis University School of Law (NYS 2015)
Theron Pride, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, Office of Justice Programs, US Dept. of Justice
Adjoa Aiyetoro, JD, Assoc. Professor of Law, Director, Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project University of Arkansas, Little Rock, School of Law (NYS 2015)
Roger Goldman, JD, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law and author, St. Louis University School of Law (NYS 2015)
Dr. Lance McCarthy: Director, Ferguson 1000 and co-founder, Black Silicon ValleyRichard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology an Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri St. Louis and author of Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community (NYS 2015)
Amb. Andrew Young, former US Ambassador, Atlanta Mayor and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Ben O’Dell, Assoc. Director, Ctr. for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Jade Harrell, Producer, Radio Host and Businesswoman, Clear Channel Broadcasting
Jaylen Bledsoe, 17 yr old CEO and President of The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group technology company (NYS 2015)
b. Marcell Williams, Founder of Jewels Inc. and b. Marcell Youth Ministries
Reginald Dickson, Retired CEO, Inroads, principal investor and Fortune 500 Board member
Karon Bolden, National Youth Motivational Speaker & CEO of Street Dreamz Recording Studio
* Due to the demands of these outstanding speakers, their availability may change. We thank each of them for donating their time to this important work.
Discipline through engagement
Teaching from a business perspective
Returning educators to education
Undoing the school to prison pipeline
Leadership in a college environment
Shaping the picture of an educated America
The Role of Faith Based Communities
Thinking outside the box to curb violence in schools
Reducing prisons to reduce violence
Flipping the channels from violence to victories
Financial literacy from birth
Creating safe homes to create safe schools
Learning to Leverage Relationships
Social media for social change
Using STEMM to stem violence
Prisons to prep schools
The hard truth – When justice means Just US
Who’s running this anyway
Youth Violence, Facing the Challenges for Youth
Recapturing world leadership through ethics and justice
Undoing the pipelines to prison
The hard truth – When justice means Just US
Electing leaders who lead
Drug Courts and other alternatives
Toward a less punitive society
The problem with privilege
Capping pipelines to prison
When communities thrive at the cost of others’ lives
Strategies for justice
Reshaping the conversation on crime and punishment
Shaping the picture of a just and humane society
The economics of mass- incarcerations (when crime pays)
Understanding income equality
Violence prevention through economic empowerment
Public health, public wealth
The financial cost of human suffering
Shaping a new economy
Violence prevention through economic empowerment
Returning to apprenticeships
Resources for reentry
Violence prevention through economic empowerment
Why the rich get richer
Beyond the minimum wage
The Economics of Youth Violence
Earning gaps and other inequities
Creating income equality
Generating growth in economically suppressed communities
Details of the Summit will be updated periodically. Please check back often.
DAY 1 – (WEDNESDAY)
STUDENTS ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON, DC, CHECK INTO HOTEL AFTER 3:00 P.M., PERSONAL TIME.
6:00 Opening reception at The Kennedy Center Atrium and Forum. (The reception is open to all registered participants who specifically RSVP for the reception.)
7:00 Comments from designated guests and speakers
8:00 Reception ends
DAY 2 (THURSDAY)
9:15 Travel to The Kennedy Center. (The doors open at 10:00 a.m. Arrival should be timed accordingly)
10:00 Doors open and seating begins in the Terrace Theater
10:35 Plenary Session – Opening Session, The general body will view documentary on contributions of youth to civil rights movements and other world events created by Webster University School of Communications. Former US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, Terrence Roberts, one of The Little Rock Nine, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Lynne Jackson, the great, great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and Founder and President of The Dred and Harriet Scott Foundation will lead discussions / Q&A on the documentary that also features, The Honorable Frankie Freeman, first woman appointed to the US Commission on Civil Rights and member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars
10:45 Plenary Session – Plenary Speakers, Redditt Hudson, former police officer & civil rights advocate & Captain Ron Johnson, Head of the Ferguson Unified Command, Missouri Highway Patrol. Q & A
Spoken word presentation
12:30 – Boxed lunch tour of Washington DC (Per Full Paid Registration)
1:30 – Seating for afternoon plenary sessions
2:00 – Introduction of special presentation
4:20 – Keynote address, Q & A and discussion
5:30 – End of Day 2 – Exit The Kennedy Center
Special student social TBA
*Students who have schedule meetings with the Congressmen and women will be excuses throughout the day and transported to Capitol Hill.
DAY 3 (FRIDAY) Howard University
8:30 Arrive at Howard University
9:00 Plenary Session – Maxine Clark (Founder of Build a Bear Workshop Corp., Karon Bolden, Street Dreamz Recording Studio and Brandon Williams, Former NFL Player and author of the Millionaire Mindset
9:50 Travel to classrooms for Session I of workshops
10:00 Session I Workshops
10:50 Break, snack, travel to classroom
11:05 Session II Workshops
12:00 Lunch – Campus Tours
1:30 Session III Workshops
2:30 Session IV Workshops
3:3o Travel to the Camplin Theater
3:45 Debriefing and Closing ceremony: Presentation of Scholarship and the Andrew Young Award for Outstanding Service to * (Depending on Ambassador Young’s schedule, the award may be presented during the opening reception or the opening session.)
OPTIONAL DAY 4 (Saturday) Tour of DC and Washington monuments and memorials. This optional day can be included by separate registration and payment.
Students who have arranged meetings with their Congressmen will be transported to Capitol Hill throughout the day based on written confirmation of meeting time.
Each speaker/facilitator noted has confirmed their participation. Due to stringent academic and business demands, however, times and speakers are subject to change.
*Opening reception on January 13th, is open to all registered students per timely received RSVP. NO one can be admitted to the reception with out prior, separate registration.