Student Organizing Conference to train young advocates

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Nebraska Appleseed is excited to have the chance to work with the next generation of young advocates and leaders this weekend at the Nebraska Student Organizing Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

The Nebraska Student Organizing Conference is an interactive leadership workshop where students will learn to develop and initiate progressive activist causes. Karen Lopez, Jamarr Brown, and Meredith Schonfeld, a staff of young trainers from Campus Camp Wellstone will provide training for those interested in advocacy and community organizing. Sessions will include: strategic planning, grassroots and community organizing, leadership development, power and politics, and media strategy.

Karen Lopez is a Latina immigrant from Colombia who grew up in the Bay Area and now lives and organizes in New York City. Karen has been organizing immigrant workers, women of color, urban youth of color, low-income families and young voters for more than six years. She is committed to building collective, grassroots, horizontal movements of resistance, and draws inspiration from popular movements in Latin America.

Jamarr Brown has more than five years of political organizing, training, and leadership experience. He has worked on several political campaigns in a variety of roles, including: Deputy Campaign Manager, Deputy Finance Director, Field Organizer, and Youth Vote Coordinator. Jamarr consults and trains political candidates, civic organizations, and advocacy groups with The Jamarr Brown Group, LLC.

Meredith Schonfeld-Hicks was a leader in the student-run sexual health organization “Sex Out Loud” and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota with a focus on youth development and community health. She also served as a fellow in the Leadership Education In Adolescent Health Fellowship.

This is a chance for activists interested in creating change in their schools and communities to come together with like-minded students for training, networking, and fun. A number of valuable skills will be taught including the art of crafting and moving a message, managing and motivating people, leadership development, strategic planning, and much more.

Admission is FREE and food will be provided.  We just ask that anyone interested in attending click here to reserve a spot.

Saturday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday night entertainment will be hosted at Lazlo’s in the Haymarket from 7:00-10:00 p.m. where local artists will show how their talents can be a vehicle for social change.

Featured artists include:

William Mosby & Charlie Curtis-Beard (Lincoln High School) – Spoken Word
Micah Robinson (Union College) – Spoken Word
Ben Jones – Anti-Oppression Art
Wesaam Al-bady – Photojournalist
Daniel Joseph May – Design Works & Fine Arts
Bol’d Crow – An all female boot-stompin’, house shaking, heart pounding, good time band; a show you surely don’t want to miss!

Come have fun, eat, and get to know your fellow organizers FREE of charge! (But don’t forget to register to reserve your spot!)

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