The summit mobilized over 100 people to participate in a full day of activities, including guest speakers, interactive workshops, media presentations, music and dance performances, cultural activities, healing sessions, free healthy food, community networking and much more. The summit was grounded in culture and ritual, with a focus on trauma-informed healing practices, community organizing and youth-led social enterprises. Youth at the summit built networks and alliances with other youth groups and agencies, furthering the youth-led movement in the Bay Area. There was also a focus on youth-led social enterprises and how youth can use media and tech to not only address social and environmental issues, but to generate wealth for low-income communities. United Roots, a core organizer of this event, is in partnership with Impact HUB Oakland to be the location of the new Youth HUB co-working space for youth entrepreneurs, and many of the youth and staff from this initiative helped organize the summit.
The summit was organized by Urban Peace Movement, United Roots the Urban Strategies Council’s Oakland Boys & Men of Color Community Partners Table and DetermiNation Media Group. Funding for the summit came from Akonadi Foundation and The California Endowment. DetermiNation, a core organizer, is part of the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, a project of The California Endowment and part of the “Health Happens Here For All Our Sons & Brothers” campaign.
The vision of promoting racial and cultural unity was designed by Urban Peace Movement’s Peace Ambassador program interns, the Determination Media Group, and a youth planning committee that consisted of youth leaders from various local organizations. Racial and cultural unity was identified as a very serious goal by these youth leaders. They believe that continuously promoting cultural awareness and respect amongst the many different racial groups in Oakland is necessary to sustaining real, long term solutions to urban violence.
This video was filmed by King Kosh and edited by Dashawn Clinton of DetermiNation Media Group.