The 20th annual Youth Social Justice Forum was a success! Stay Tuned for more information about our 2020 Youth Social Justice Forum!

Every fall, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation joins community partners in sponsoring this day-long event to teach high school students to exercise, protect, and celebrate their civil rights and liberties. The event is free to participating high schools.

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. 

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. Teachers and school personnel are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own transportation but this event is free!

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. However, we look forward to amplifying the voices of the young folks present, so please allow them as much space as possible so that they can participate to the best of their ability.

What is the cost?

Q.What is the cost?
A.

The Youth Social Justice Forum is free for high school students and their chaperones/educators. However, school groups are responsible for coordinating and paying for buses.

How do I sign-up?

Q.How do I sign-up?
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Educators are encouraged to share the fillable registration pdf form with their students. One registration form is required for every student participant. It is suggested that files are saved with a file name that identifies the school and the educator (for example: RufusKing_OwensWilson_First Initial of student name and Last name of student) in order to ensure student numbers from schools are accurate. Educators can email completed forms to Hope Owens-Wilson at hope@aclu-wi.org. For those who prefer a more tangible method, you are welcome to download and print copies of the form then mail completed forms to Hope Owens-Wilson at 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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 place on November 11th at the UWM Union located at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211.

 Registration will be from 8:00-8:45, participants must already be pre-registered. Due to capacity and safety reasons we cannot do day of registration. Dismissal will happen from 2:15-2:30pm.

Note: We will be spreading out over three floors of the union so prepare to bring your patience and eagle eyes. Don't worry we will too!

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?
A.

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.

Where do I park?

Q.Where do I park?
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Since traffic in the UWM area can be heavy at times, we strongly encourage carpooling or reserving buses. There is a bus lane available directly in front of the UWM Student Union. There are large covered parking lots underneath the student Union with entrances at Kenwood Blvd and Maryland Ave. View the links below for more information.

UWM Parking Information

UWM Campus and uncovered parking lot map

UWM interactive parking map

Location Information

Q.Location Information
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This event will take place across three floors in the student union however our home base will be the Wisconsin Room located on the 1st Floor: Campus Level. For a map of the student union visit this link.

Accommodations

Q.Accommodations
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UWM has elevators that provide access to all three floors we will be on. Additionally, none of our rooms have any additional steps, however not all doors are accessible.

Please notify Hope Owens-Wilson at 414.272.4032 x225 or hope@aclu-wi.org of your disability-related accommodation requests by 10-25-19. We will attempt to honor all requests but if it is received after this deadline, we may not be able to provide it. 

Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities

Q.Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities
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For the safety and comfort of those with chemical and environmental sensitivities, we request that persons please refrain from using any perfumed products such as scented soaps, hand lotions, deodorants, perfumes, colognes, or other heavily scented products such as fabric softeners or bug spray.

Is food provided?

Q.Is food provided?
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Yes. Students and chaperones will be provided with lunch as well as a few snacks. While we will be able to accommodate some dietary needs, students with dietary restrictions are welcome to bring their own food as well.

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.

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