July 6, 2009



please come and join us for the below:

JULY 18th. 12-6pm
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA
On July 18th, 2009, hundreds of youth and their supporters will gather in front of SF City Hall for Youth Fest, organized by the San Francisco Youth Commission and the Youth Empowerment Fund Advisory Board. A culmination of the GATHERINGS FOR CHANGE SERIES which has mobilized hundreds of San Franciscans throughout the past 9 months with summits, conferences, workshops and retreats, this event will be the voice of youth who are speaking truth to power.

Youth Fest is a youth-led event with three goals: (1) to celebrate young leaders through the annual “Youth Warrior Awards,” (2) to inform youth throughout the city about community resources, and (3) to utilize music, arts, and culture to encourage youth to become active leaders in their communities.

At Youth Fest 10 awards and scholarships will be given out to recognize the positive changes being made by youth from SF neighborhoods in their own lives and their communities. Each of the awardees has an inspirational story of rising up to become the change they wish to see in the world.

At Youth Fest a resource/activity fair will educate youth about the many programs and resources offered by community organizations in San Francisco.

During Youth Fest live aerosol painting will take place by renowned local muralists. Art will be displayed that was created at each of the neighborhood based summits.

Local musicians such as The Never Stop Learning Crew, Ise Lyfe, BRWN BFLO, San Quinn, Big Rich, Mystic and Melina Jones will bring their voices and beats to support the empowerment of young leaders. Aztec and Polynesian dancers will open up in the morning and mission–based dance and drum ensemble Loco Bloco will close the event.

The event will run from 12pm – 6pm at Civic Center Plaza.