“The Mis-Education of Our Youth”: Portland’s 6th Annual Youth Summit to feature Jasiri X as keynote speaker

(Summit founder and organizer Imani Muhammad (center) along with Professor Griff and others in 2010)

It's about to be on once again in Portland! Youth Organized and United to Help (Y.O.U.th) will celebrate Portland’s 6th Annual Youth Summit on the weekend of February 10 & 11, 2012 at Portland State Univeristy-University Studies Department. (PSU). In partnership with PSU, Oregon Universal, The Skanner, Multnomah County Health Department, Freedom Paper Company and community members, the Summit will look to address concerns and issues of our youth and families by taking on the theme of “The Mis-Education of Our Youth.” Youth who attended over the years have expressed life changing experiences from attending the Summit. I had the honor of speaking at this summit in 2010 and I had an awesome adventure!

The Summit weekend will kick off Friday, February 10, 2012 with the annual talent showcase “Free Ya Mind and Your Swag will Follow,”at Portland State University in Smith Hall on the 1st floor. The showcase will feature young upcoming talent from across Oregon, performing in various categories, dance, spoken word, lyricist, and vocals. The event will be hosted by Rip City Kingz, Portland’s very own Krump dance crew. The showcase will include youth, local and national artist serving as judges. The grand prize is a professional photo shoot with local photographer Adrian Adel (www.adrianadel.com).

On Saturday February 11, 2012 in Smith Hall on the 2nd floor, the Summit will convene with all day work- shops, networking, and an overall positive atmosphere for the entire family. The keynote speaker is National Activist and Recording Artist Jasiri X from Pittsburgh, PA. He has written and produced conscious and elevating music videos exposing current events and news stories that otherwise go unheard. (www.jasirix.com)

Jasiri X
The parent workshops topics include: How to talk about sex with your child, bullying, the economic crisis and solutions and parenting your teenager. Youth workshops topics include, African origin of Martial Arts, creative media, How to succeed in Hip Hop without selling your soul, healthy relationships, graffiti drawing, discovering self through writing.

Vendors will be available for both days providing resources, merchandise, information and connections to all participants. Organizations will include Freedom Paper Company-an financial economic freedom company using a standard household item, Groundwork Portland, Recruiter Watch PDX, Positive Upgrade, Mutl- nomah County A6 and Boys and Girls Aid. For those interested in participating in the workshops pre- register online at www.portlandyouthsummit.org. For a complete listing of workshops and presenters go to www.youthsummit09.blogspot.com. Contact: Imani Muhammad 503-781-5313, info@portlandyouthsummit.org.

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