The 21st annual Youth Social Justice Forum is digital! Stay Tuned to this page for more information about our 2020 Youth Social Justice Forum! Sign up for the Forum here.

Every fall, for over 10 years, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation has joined community partners in sponsoring a day-long event, the Youth Social Justice Forum, to teach high school students to exercise, protect, and celebrate their civil rights and liberties. This year, in consideration of COVID, we will hold our first-ever digital Youth Social Justice Forum.

We will be providing the same great programming on items, such as public art, civics, government, racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, restorative justice, and other topics relevant to youth rights and responsibilities. However, instead of having a one-day event, we will have monthly digital webinars focusing on specific topics and art techniques led by community activists and artists.

A schedule of events will be posted soon on the website. Stay tuned

To apply: If your school is interested in participating in the 2020 Forum, please email Hope Owens-Wilson, ACLU of Wisconsin Youth Organizer, at hope@aclu-wi.org Reservations are required. 

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at this year's Youth Social Justice Forum, please email Hope your contact information, a workshop title and one paragraph description of your workshop; explaining how your workshop is connected to civil liberties or civil rights, how you will specifically engage teenagers by make it engaging and interesting for them (for example, by using visual arts, storytelling, etc.), the ideal group size, and if you have any agencies or other partners who will be working with you.

 

For more information, scroll down to read the Frequently Asked Questions section.

 

 

 

 

 

What is YOSOJOFO?

Q.What is YOSOJOFO?
A.

The Youth Social Justice Forum or as it is lovingly called, YOSOJOFO, is a daylong event where high school students from Milwaukee County and surrounding areas learn ways to exercise, protect, and celebrate their civil rights and liberties.

The Youth Social Justice Forum will use hands-on workshops, realistic role-play activities and issues from the news to teach students about their rights.

Participants will learn about new media, public art, civics, and government, discuss bullying, racial profiling, LGBTQ+ rights, restorative justice and other topics relevant to youth rights and responsibilities.

Students can also participate in a mock election using real voting machines supplied by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

Will Transportation be provided for Youth Social Justice Forum?

Q.Will Transportation be provided for Youth Social Justice Forum?
A.

No. This year the Youth Social Justice Forum will be held wherever a digital device with internet connectivity is available!

Who is eligible for YOSOJOFO?

Q.Who is eligible for YOSOJOFO?
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The Youth Social Justice Forum is open to High School students from all over the Milwaukee county area and surrounding areas. Educators, school administrators, and approved chaperones are welcome to come to workshops in order to help facilitate a great learning environment. Please note that due to capacity constraints priority will be given to students from Milwaukee County and MPS schools

What is the cost?

Q.What is the cost?
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The Youth Social Justice Forum is free for high school students and their chaperones/educators. 

How do I sign-up?

Q.How do I sign-up?
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Please sign up using the digital form. If you need help with this process please email hope@aclu-wi.org

When and Where will YOSOJOFO take place?

Q.When and Where will YOSOJOFO take place?
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            The Youth Social Justice Forum will take monthly online through Zoom. Please register for more details.

 

Is there a limit to the number of students I can bring?

Q.Is there a limit to the number of students I can bring?
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In order to ensure that we can serve as many schools as possible there is a limit of approximately 30 students per school. contact us if you have any questions about this restriction.

Accommodations

Q.Accommodations
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Please notify Hope Owens-Wilson at 414.272.4032 x225 or hope@aclu-wi.org of your disability-related accommodation requests at least a month prior to the programming date. We will attempt to honor all requests but if it is received after this deadline, we may not be able to provide it. 

Contact Information

Q.Contact Information
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For any other questions please contact Hope Owens-Wilson, Youth Organizer via telephone at (414) 272.4032 ext. 225 or via email at hope@aclu-wi.org.