Youth Dialogue on Diversity
On Saturday April 13, Welcoming Michigan joins the JIRAN project of ACCESS and the Skillman Foundation’s Partnership for Youth Initiative in hosting the Fourth Annual JIRAN Youth Dialogue to be held in Dearborn, MI. This youth-led event will bring together thirty young people from the Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge and Southwest Detroit neighborhoods in an effort to support a cadre of young leaders dedicated to creating welcoming communities and building bridges across culture and ethnicity. Facilitators will lead African-American, Arab-American, Caucasian and Latino youth in discussions on diversity, identity, inclusion, and finding common ground across differences. The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit will perform their play “Speak for Yourself: Young Detroiters Speak About Race” and engage the audience in conversation about racial stereotypes and experiences of exclusion.
This is the second year Welcoming Michigan and Partnership for Youth have partnered with JIRAN. The Annual Youth Dialogue was started four years ago by JIRAN (Join In to Revitalize Arab American Neighborhoods), a youth leadership program of ACCESS, the country’s largest Arab American non-profit. Welcoming Michigan is an immigrant integration initiative that works with local leaders to connect immigrants and longtime residents through activities planned by community members. Partnership for Youth is a Skillman funded project aimed at strengthening support systems for young people in southwest Detroit.