If you or your kids have never gone to the Educating Children of Color Summit, here’s your chance.
In spite of the name, it is for all students, though there are plenty of inspirational and educational seminars for minority and impoverished kids.
The summit is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Colorado College.
Nationally known educators and child welfare experts will lead sessions geared to inspire high school and undergraduate college students, and give parents and professionals tools to help them.
Keynote speaker is Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a 13-year-old environmental activist from Boulder who is youth director of Earth Guardians.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch who was born in a barrio in Texas, and became the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the Army’s Combat Support Field. She later resigned to fulfill her mother’s wish for her b y becoming a community activist.
James Braxton Peterson, director of Africana Studies and professor of English at Lehigh University, does research on hip-hop, and urban and youth cultures.
Suave, founder of Hip Hop ConnXon, a top hip hop dance troupe.
Edwonda White a comedian who has been named ” Female Comedian of the year” by Black Television and “Clean Comedian of the Year” by the Gospel Christian Alliance.
The summit was founded in 2007, by a group of Colorado Springs educators, and legal and social service experts who wanted to help kids break the over representation of minority children in the pipeline of poverty and incarceration. The group’s research found that children of color are more likely to be poor, involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Judge Regina Walter of the Fourth Judicial District has said.
The event is free for students and parents, and $25 for professionals. Proceeds will provide laptops and scholarships. The summit has raised $61,000 in scholarship grants and has donated 56 laptops the last six years to participants.
To register: visit educatingchildrenofcolor.org.