2014 Youth Summit

The 2014 Youth Summit took place on Friday, September 26, 2014 during the 4th quadrennial 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference at University of Puget Sound. The theme of the conference was "What Now? What Now is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Consciousness."


Youth Summit Keynote Address: MyKaila Young

Young, a Palmer Scholar and Gates Millennium Scholar, will tell her story about how she took control of her life when she was homeless in Tacoma and diagnosed with cancer. Young persisted in her dream and went on to complete her studies at Lincoln High School, winning a place as a student at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Conference Speaker: Winona LaDuke

Ms. Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg and an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. She has devoted her life to protecting the culture, lands, and life ways of Native American communities and in 1994 was named in Time magazine one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, which is a national advocacy group devoted to supporting and funding native environmental groups and addressing the national and international community on issues of sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy, food systems and environmental justice. She is also founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a large reservation based non-profit organization that works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

Youth Summit Schedule

Mcees: Selma Torres and Mack Jones, Stadium High School

  • 8-8:30 a.m. Students Arrive
  • 8:30 a.m. Keynote by Winona LaDuke
  • 10:45 a.m. Shout Out
  • 11:00 a.m. Spoken Word: "What Now is the Work?"
    • Poets-in-Residence: 
      Necashaw Montgomery, Elijah Muied, 
      Lucas Smiraldo, Giovanni Perez
  • 11:15 a.m. Keynote Address: MyKaila Young "Education: What is my Responsibility?"
  • 11:35 a.m. Soloist
  • 11:40 a.m. Call and Response Talk Back: "What's my Step One?"
  • 11:50 a.m. Dance
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:00 p.m. Drumline
  • 12:40 p.m. "Hearing My Elders, Writing Myself" with C. Rosalind Bell
  • 1:40 p.m. Haka from Mt Tahoma HS and Asia Pacific Cultural Center