Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Dare to Dream" Program Inspires Local Teens

As part of our interfaith work, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) brought together Jewish  Family Service, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, King Chavez Schools and the Barrio Logan College Institute to create the 2013 Teen Social Justice Coalition, Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream brings together high school students from across San Diego County to learn about diversity and social justice issues while giving back to the community in meaningful way. Forty teens from diverse backgrounds, representing more than 11 different high schools, were selected to participate in the program designed to follow the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Specifically the teens have the opportunity to: 

· Learn to create a positive community change through art

· Build bridges and friendships with other teens from across San Diego

· Earn service hours and receive a certificate reflecting your contributions to the community

· Be exposed to current social justice issues and how each person can make a difference

· Participate in dynamic diversity workshops lead by local leaders

· Understand the important legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez

· Develop leadership and cultural competency skills

This past weekend the teens met for the first time, shared their stories and actively participated in discussions about inequality, social justice, and inclusion. In keeping with the theme of the All People’s Breakfast, the Art of Change, the teens created a piece of artwork that was displayed at the breakfast where Mayor Filner was the keynote speaker. 

In April the teens will participate in a national day of service, hear an exciting key note speaker and honor Cesar Chavez 

In May we will conclude with a Dinner to Celebrate Dare to Dream’s accomplishment with a dinner, family, friends and local community leaders.


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