2018 Youth Summit:

Histories of Power, Expressions of Resistance, and New Actions for Justice

The 2018 Youth Summit at University of Puget Sound offers a platform for youth to share energy, collect voice, engage in critical thinking, reflect on issues related to rights and freedoms, and to consider their role in transforming systems of inequity and injustice.


The Youth Summit target audience is high school students with middle school students as schools/classes/organizations/parents deem appropriate. All high schools students are welcome. School districts and youth organizations from around Puget Sound are bussed in, and in 2018 more than 500 students participated in the Youth Summit.


The Youth Summit occurs on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. Schools and Organizations bringing students to participate are responsible for coordinating field trip paperwork, chaperones for their group (per their own district/organization policies), and transportation to and from the campus.




2018 Youth Summit attendance by school




2018 Youth Summit
September 28, 2018


8 am-10:30 am


Students Arrive / Jeff Chang Keynote


10:30 am


Youth Summit Kick-Off


1:30 pm




Histories of Power, Expressions of Resistance, and New Actions for Justice


Histories of Power |


A Youth Summit tradition includes sharing stories with local civil rights leaders through a format called Elder Circles. Through this activity, students will be allowed to connect with the stories of the generations that have come before them to gain a new understanding of the work that these civil rights leaders have put forth in the past. Through this intergenerational sharing act, students and elders will be able to engage with each other to pass on histories of empowerment and help share knowledge between the generations.


Expressions of Resistance |



This section of the Youth Summit serves to help students understand the power of their voice, both spoken and unspoken, through different mediums of art. Students will understand expressions as forms of resistance through art that can help with the push for action, change, and movements forward.


New Actions for Justice |


One of the Youth Summit planning goals for this year was to connect high school and middle school students with the elders within the community and connect students with college students at the University of Puget Sound and beyond. Through this section of the Youth Summit, participants will be able to engage with students from the University of Puget Sound through conversations about experiences within the school systems, stories of empowerment, and resources found both on and off school campuses.