Rising Voices Youth Summit: Together we will network, learn, and share

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Youth movements worldwide have shown that young people can truly drive conversation and make change. Globally they’ve protested gun violence, called for the end of dictatorships, and addressed climate change. While these movements often feel big and overwhelming, they are helping change the tide.

In Tucson, young people have engaged in activism for years.

Now you can too!

Since 2014, the Rising Voices Youth Summit has offered an outlet for young people to connect, share stories and strategies, and make their voices heard. This year’s event is no different! Join local youth at the Flowing Wells Library from 10am to 1pm on April 13, to make your concerns known and get involved with leadership in the library and the community. Together we will network, learn, and share!

Youth presenters from the Metropolitan Education Commission Youth Advisory Council and various Pima County Public Library Teen Advisory Boards will share their experiences and successful strategies for projects they have worked on to improve education, the environment, mental healthcare, library services, and more. You will learn concrete strategies to get involved in the Tucson community and in the Pima County Public Library system as a volunteer or employee.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll gain as a participant:

  • Take an assessment identifying your innate strengths and how to use them as a leader.
  • Provide input about how Pima County Public Library can support youth as they navigate the journey to adulthood.
  • Receive a Certificate of Achievement
  • Make connections with organizations citywide where youth are facilitating community dialogues and making their voices heard in areas like politics, mental health care, and reproductive health, among others.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All participants will get fun Library takeaways, and three lucky winners will get a Kindle Fire. We’ll also host a reception with music, food, crafts, and mingling.

If you are under 20 and you’d like to get involved or share information about your organization, please contact Amelia Marsh at amelia.marsh@pima.gov.

—Amelia Marsh, Library Associate