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The Circle Keepers Present

The Circle Keepers invite you to our biggest event since our founding in 2017, the first ever event of its kind in NYC, and quite possibly, in the galaxy!!!
The 2024 Peace & Justice Youth Conference is a youth led-adult supported, in person conference for NYC based youth ages 11-21 (middle school, high school and college).

When? Saturday May 4th, 2024 from 10am-5pm

Where? In Brooklyn, at Boerum Hill School for International Studies; BHS

Join us for a joyful day of community building games, youth-led social justice workshop presentations, artistic performances and youth participatory action research YPAR based on our themes of “peace, justice, safety & belonging”. *Educators are welcome! There will be activities for educators facilitated by educators!

FREE to attend! 7 hours of community service provided, breakfast, lunch, snacks & swag will be provided!
*There will be a space designated for adults/chaperones/teachers only to be in community & learn during the workshops (so that youth can be in learning spaces centering them!)

Attend youth-led workshops by Girls For Gender Equity (GGE), Student & Educators for Equity, The Ya-Ya Network, Youth Power Coalition, H.O.L.L.A., EJ-ROC, Malikah, ArtsConnection, JVL Wildcat HS, EdArchy, Arte and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), IntegrateNYC, Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) High School, The Circle Keepers & Restorative Justice Initiative

Artivist keynote performances by viBe! Theater Experience, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Stephanie Pacheco, Brooklyn Tech's Step team, NYC Public School music bands, and others!
Attend a Peace & Justice policy Roundtable moderated by The Circle Keepers, and featuring youth leaders from IntegrateNYC, The Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, Alliance For Quality Education (AQE) co-director Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari, NYC Parent/community organizer and The Circle Keepers' director of care and community Tajh Sutton, long-term parent/education advocate and PEP member Tazin Azad & others.
This conference is produced in partnership with the love, care & support of NYC Service, Brownsville Community Justice Center, District 39 Council Member Shahana Hanif, The Ya-Ya Network, and Boerum Hill School for International Studies. We are forever grateful for their solidarity and for going above & beyond to provide labor and economic support to see this dream come through, in our shared pursuit of leaving the world better than we found it!

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We would love to invite you to table/share resources at this year's Peace & justice Youth Conference; happening on Saturday, May 4th at BHS, in BK. T
his is a great opportunity for organizations/groups/artists to share important information/materials, promote your organization/work, and/or sell any goods/merch. 


Spots are limited and not guaranteed. We will email you to confirm.

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Wanna Be an Adult Ally? 

Help Our Youth Teams Plan The Conference!

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Our YPAR Research Methods

Our youth collective chose surveys, focus groups, one on one interviews and photovoice as their chosen methodologies for data collection! Join us in our journey! 

How to Support Us?

  We are aiming to raise $5,000 in order to pay the steering committee of high school seniors $15 an hour for their labor as well as to pay for logistical costs associated with the conference. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible! Please share this far and wide, as we believe in the power of community in helping community achieve our goals, as a counter narrative in our capitalistic society!

All this information is also on our Link Tree. Thank you so much for all you do as educators and I hope to hear from you and connect around our Youth Conference!

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Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
Prompts Gallery

Stay tuned for more youth participatory action research prompts, pictures and media!

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