On Saturday, Nov. 5, approximately 25 Carleton and local high-school students gathered for an all-day Youth Empowerment Workshop, led by Carleton students Mahal Burr '12 and Nick Welna '12 (Evanston, Ill.) at the Weitz Center for Creativity.
Sponsored by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) office, the idea started nearly a year earlier when Burr and Welna applied for a Carleton grant to attend a training conference at the Chicago Freedom School. Upon returning to campus this fall, the pair planned their Northfield workshop.
Attendees included several Northfield Union of Youth board members, students from Northfield High School's Gay Straight Alliance and L.E.A.D., along with many Carleton students who care about issues relating to youth.
Through this workshop students learned community-organizing techniques, discussed the concept of leadership and developed a platform based on an understanding of the root causes of an issue. Topics explored included white privilege, education reform, emotional intelligence, and sex and drug education for youth.
The session concluded with the formation of several working groups that intend to take action on these topics.