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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.

Watch the Webinar

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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Developing and Demonstrating Anti-racist Practices

Wednesday, July 1
2:00 -3:00 pm

Aishia A. Brown, PhD, University of Louisville
Nikki Thornton, True Up
Lacey McNary, McNary Group

How is racism showing up in your work with youth? Join us as advocates lifting youth voices for equity and resolutions.  There will be time for sharing your experiences, acknowledging where we are as a community, and establishing a vision for where we want to be.

CSYA Statement of Unity: The Coalition Supporting Young Adults is committed to transforming the way Louisville cares for vulnerable youth and young adults. Therefore, we stand in unity with our black and brown communities and allies who are vocalizing concerns and demands for equitable, anti-racist, and humane treatment and advancements. Furthermore, we commit to speaking up and addressing all forms of injustice, brutality, and discrimination. 

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Intro to Reengagment Center Model

Thursday, June 4, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Lynn Rippy, YouthBuild Louisville
Lance Meeks, Tuscon AZ Reengagment Center
Jennifer Welch, Kentucky Youth Career Center

Reengagment Centers have been a strategy communities throughout the US have used to connect marginalized youth and young adults with education, employment, and needed services. They may look differently in each community, but generally reengagement centers are hosted by one or more “anchor” organizations coordinating outreach, assessments, case management, referrals, and follow-up services. Additional services are provided by partner organizations offering services like mental health counseling, peer supports, job readiness, mentoring, and supplies. 

In this webinar, we’ll learn about the Reengagement Center model, why the model fits in Louisville, and who is already (or could be) working to implement the model here.

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Social Justice Youth Development

Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Aishia A. Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville


Social Justice Youth Development (SJYD) is an approach to youth development that aims to work against systemic oppression experienced by youth and their communities. This one-hour webinar will provide a brief introduction to SJYD and the critical role it plays in youth development practice.


  • Identify key principles of the social justice youth development framework
  • Compare and contrast the social justice youth development framework with other prominent youth development frameworks and approaches
  • Demonstrate application of social justice youth development principles

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