Ensuring Representation for Unheard Voices
June 7 – 12th in Atlanta, Georgia
Hosted by Emory University
“Every single life matters, equally and infinitely.” Yet the stories and perspectives of many are invisible, dismissed, or otherwise lost. The media and historical record magnify voices representing individuals of privileged social class, race, and ethnicity, at the risk of silencing authentic stories that reach across difference to foster empathy and understanding. In partnership with StoryCorps, ABCs participants will collect oral histories from Atlanta residents across various ages and experiences. Participants will be trained on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories to improve public understanding of the social injustices and stereotypes we encounter in our lives. Stories documented at this ABCs will go on record at the Library of Congress.
My Story. I founded The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program in 2008 with the intention to help kids and their families organize themselves after a disaster or emergency situation. My inspiration came from seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. While working at the Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, GA, it just so happens I was able to speak with scientists, engineers and agriculture specialists that served as first responders for Hurricane Katrina. Outside of gaining a tremendous fascination and respect for how they used science, technology, engineering and math to rebuild the city, it was then that I had my first introduction to the acronym STEM. This experience set the stage for my passion behind creating quality STEM++ education programs for youth and communities. Although my journey has been full of wonderful highs and devastating lows, I’m ready to share my lessons learned in how I used my own STEM++ skills to overcome my challenges. You’re invited to meet me in person as well! On June 29th, I will be introducing the breakthrough high tech app community-based communications strategy I created for a special test launch within several Atlanta communities over the next six months — thanks to my new technology partner bfonics. Hopefully, I can inspire others to follow their passion and make a significant difference in the world around them.
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About Break Away For over 20 years Break Away has provided schools with quality training to further the alternative break movement. The ABCs are the only experiential training conferences dedicated entirely to creating quality alternative break programs. Whether you are interested in starting alternative breaks on your campus or are coming from a well-established program, this conference will accelerate the quality and the quantity of your work. The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program has been working with Break Away for the past four years.