Amplifying Youth Voices

Thursday, August 6, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


Join us to learn how PeaceCasters, a youth-led program housed within the Peace Education Program, empowers young people in middle and high school to share their stories with the world in order to create change through digital and social media.

Through their groundbreaking Youth Influencers curriculum, they support young leaders to be influencers on social media and in their communities by sharing stories from lived experience, practicing positive communication skills, and building community online and off. Their curriculum is based on three pillars: empowered storytelling, social media for social good, and online conflict resolution. The PeaceCasters program builds on Peace Education’s 37 years of experience training youth and adults to build and sustain positive relationships, bringing these essential skills into digital spaces and onto social media platforms.

Introducing Presenters

Lijah Fosl is a facilitator and program developer who uplifts young people through engaging, creative, and skill-based trainings that are built on a framework of anti-oppression and peer-to-peer leadership. At the Peace Education Program, they train youth and adults in conflict resolution, social media skills, empowered storytelling, peer mediation, and prejudice reduction. They helmed the development of the Youth Influencers curriculum for PeaceCasters, a program they joined at age 13.

Fernanda Scharfenberger, 17, is a Youth Facilitator with PeaceCasters who has steadily evolved as a leader since she joined as a participant in 2015. Fernanda is a powerful storyteller, and as a Youth Facilitator has helped develop our curriculum. She is an incoming Freshman at Centre College and one of the most effective and highly-praised youth activists in Louisville, holding leadership roles with the WE Day Mayor’s Youth Board, US Climate Strike, and the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition.

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Register for the Youth Influencers Camp

Register now for the first-ever VIRTUAL Youth Influencers Camp from PeaceCasters! Where young people come together to share stories, create powerful social media messages, and collaborate online in order to create real social change.

This 3-day virtual camp is for people of middle and high school age who are looking to get involved in movements for change and to use their voice to uplift and inspire others online. You’ll get to play games, practice using social media to interrupt violence and bullying, team up on real media projects, and learn from the stories of other young people who are changing the world through social media.

You’ll also be invited to join our online Discord community, where young leaders from all over the city connect to share calls to action, resolve conflicts peacefully, and help each other make creative media projects. Don’t miss your chance to meet, play and work with other awesome young leaders in Louisville!

This camp is FREE and is hosted in three 90-minute sessions on Zoom from 4:00–5:30 on Wednesday August 19th, Thursday August 20th, and Friday August 21st, 2020. Register now while spots are still open by clicking here!

You can email questions to Program Leader Lijah Fosl at Lijah@PeaceEducationProgram.

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