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    On Thursday, November 16, Gateway2Change will hold their first Student Summits on Race of the 2017-18 school year with more than 150 high school students representing 24 area high schools.

    CharacterPlus is proud to partner with The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJ St. Louis) to create an experiential deep dive into the cultural competency continuum.  This year’s summit will consist of multiple experiential activities over several sessions to grow a deeper understanding of oppression and privilege.

    This process requires smaller student teams and trained small group facilitators. Ultimately, this experience will feel more authentic and relevant and will inspire students to be true change agents within their school and community.

    Throughout this process, as students become more aware of their environment, they will create a photovoice project that portrays their school community. Each school’s “Show us Your World” project will be presented at the final summit on March 1.

    Gateway2Change was created after the tragic events unfolded in Ferguson as a unique approach to help young people have courageous conversations about the racial divide in St. Louis and then create a plan to affect positive change. CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus, is leading the efforts to coordinate the Gateway2Change movement.

    Gateway2Change and the Student Summits on Race are supported in part by the generous support of Emerson.

    For additional information about Gateway2Change, contact Shenekia Weeks at sweeks@edplus.org.

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