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Digital Media Literacy: A path to community resilience (the art of bouncing back). The Urban Excellence Convention is an interactive and content rich gathering that supports people affected by mass incarceration and community violence visualize a future by using culturally relevant speakers.
9:30 a to 10:00 a
Breakfast + Registration
10:00 a to 10:15 a
Welcome Remarks. Reina Robinson Founder of Center for Urban Excellence & Nina Woodruff-Walker CEO of Museum of Children's Arts.
10:15 a to 11:30 a
Digital Literacy: The Internet, Fake News & Social Media. A discussion of Digital Literacy as a critical aspect of youth success, life, freedom and future career & educational opportunities.
11:30 a to 11:40 a
11:40 a to 1:00 p
Community Resilience: A discussion & activity to help people understand the common reactions after traumatic experiences are biology, not mental weakness. Information about common reactions resulting from traumas such as poverty, racism, violence, natural and human-made disasters. Conversation with DeMareon Gipson, Darius Simpson, Alton Williams, Chayla Gibson & Teresa Baker.
1:00 p to 1:30 p
Lunch Provided by Main Avent Catering
1:30 p to 2:30 p
Digital Media & The Future. A panel discussion Q+A with entrepreneurs and industry professionals Courtney Smith, Dayna Avent, John de los Angeles, Chance Martin & David Gonzalez.
2:30 p to 3:00 p
Closing Performance by Maia DiPrima
Raffle (Diapers, toiletries, household items, beauty kits, gift cards, backpacks & school supplies)
10 a to 1 p
FOR KIDS: Create, explore and discover in our drop-in studio space! MOCHA will introduce new themes while incorporating the elements of art to projects that are designed to engage a child’s curiosity on a path to discovery. Scholarships provided.
Mass incarceration: Despite making up close to 5% of the global population, the U.S. has nearly 25% of the world’s prison population. Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 700% – 2.3 million people in jail and prison today, far outpacing population growth and crime.
One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino boys—compared to one of every 17 white boys. At the same time,women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the United States.- ACLU
Community violence: is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim. Common types of community violence that affect youth include individual and group conflicts (e.g., bullying, fights among gangs and other groups, shootings in public areas such as schools and communities, civil wars in foreign countries or “war-like” conditions in US cities, spontaneous or terrorist attacks). Although people can anticipate some types of traumatic events, community violence can happen suddenly and without warning. Consequently, youth and families who live with community violence often have heightened fears that harm could come at any time and experience the world as unsafe and terrifying. In addition, although some types of trauma are accidental, community violence is an intentional attempt to hurt one or more people and includes homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and weapons attacks (e.g., bats, knives, guns).- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network