Youthprise x #AMC2015

Published on February 20, 2015 | Written by

This year, Youthprise is collaborating to put on 2 tracks at the 2015 Allied Media Conference, June 18-21: Research Justice and Youth Creating Worlds.


The Allied Media Conference is a Detroit-based annual collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming the world. They recognize media as any way that people communicate with the world – and young people communicate with the world in a multitude of ways.

The Youth Creating Worlds track, now in its second year, is a partnership between Youthprise and Detroit Future Youth (DFY), an initiative that aims to strengthen and deepen youth social justice organizing in Detroit. This track will highlight creative, youth-led, media-based organizing that takes us beyond the world we have inherited to new social paradigms and possibilities for radical change. Those of us who are labeled “too young” or “developing” or “not ready” will step up as leaders of the sessions in this track. We will share media-making skills and facilitate strategy sessions for youth-centered dreaming and movement-building. Together we will explore how we go beyond demanding systemic change to creating new worlds that render the limitations of our current system obsolete.

The Research Justice track, in its fourth year, is a collaboration between Youthprise, Research Action Design, and Detroit Ledger. It will focus on sharing skills and tools for utilizing grassroots-led research and data in order to reveal untold stories, challenge dominant narratives, and expose social injustice to make the case for change. Research justice honors the expertise of communities most impacted by injustice and supports their organizing and movement building. Our definition of “data” is broad and includes our experiences, traditions, stories, and community knowledge, as well as the many ways we communicate our data, such as maps, reports and studies. We will examine success stories of radical research as a tool for change and liberation, while continuing to grow a national research justice network.

Minnesota-based youth and organizations are strongly encouraged to propose sessions! Please circulate!


rj_track_logo-amd-v2-800x800Calls for proposals can be found here: Research Justice | Youth Creating Worlds

Here is the full listing of tracks, practice spaces and network gatherings. You can submit a session proposal here. If you are interested in attending but don’t want to propose a session you can register for the Allied Media Conference here.
If you have any questions about the Youth Creating Worlds track, feel free to reach out to Lizzy Shramko For the Research Justice track, contact David Kim at

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