Background: In May 2003, several
hundred youth gathered in Toronto for the first Hungry4Change youth activism
conference. Organized by Stir It Up (Toronto's youth activist network), the
Toronto Environmental Alliance Youth Caucus, and the Youth Action Network,
it was run entirely by youth and free to all participants. The
weekend opened with a panel discussion entitled "Youth Resistance:
Perspectives On Youth Activism". Next, participants attended seven of
twenty-eight workshops on everything from Hip-Hop Culture and Resistance, to
Running for Office, to Sexual Diversity, to Free Trade and Globalization,
and beyond. On Sunday afternoon, some participants broke off from regular
workshops to create visual and performance art. They presented their work
before the weekend closed with a coalition-building session. Mission
& Organizers: This year, Hungry4Change is back, with a mission to
bring together and network active, radical and interested youth to learn and
discuss issues of social justice, as well as grassroots youth activism. The
organizing collective is composed of several youth groups, including Stir It
Up, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Ontario Young Peoples'
Alliance, the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the AGO Teen Council, Five Minutes to
Midnight, the Rebel Youth Network, the Youth Action Network, and many more.
(More youth group organizers are still welcome.) New This Year:
Hungry4Change II will differ from last year in a number of ways. This
year's summit is open to youth 25 and under, rather than youth under 21. It
will also be longer, spanning four days (April 29 - May 2). We would like
the summit to have a special focus on diversity, through the issues
discussed and through participation. Workshop Proposals: The
Hungry4Change organizing collective is now soliciting workshop proposals.
Groups or individuals wishing to propose should submit a one-page letter
detailing the topics and aims of the proposed workshop, any requested
audio-visual equipment, any expenses we would be expected to cover, first
and second scheduling choice (see below for more details) and why they are
particularly qualified to run the workshop. Please note that neither
workshop facilitators nor conference participants must be from Toronto.
Travel grants may be available at a later date, depending on our budget.
Most workshops will run on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st.
Friday' s workshops are restricted to high school aged youth, most of whom
will come with school groups. It can be assumed that they will have less
background knowledge than Saturday's participants. A number of workshops
will run concurrently, and some workshops may run more than once. Times will
be as follows: Friday: Workshop 1: 11:14-12:30 Workshop 2:
1:30-2:45 Workshop 3: 3-4:15 Saturday: Workshop 1: 11:45-1
Workshop 2: 2-3:15 Workshop 3: 3:30-4:45 Workshop 4: 5-6:15
Sunday's schedule has not been set, and will not be until after these
proposals are received. If you have a workshop (particularly related to art
and creative resistance) that would work better outside the rigid schedules
outlined above, make note of that in your proposal and we may plan the last
day of the conference around it. Participatory and interactive
workshops are particularly welcome. Priority will also be given to workshops
facilitated by youth 25 and under. The Hungry4Change Organizing Collective
will limit workshops based on the time and space available. We will select
workshops that fit our mission statement and our goal of diversity.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide honorariums. We may, however, be able
to cover expenses if they are outlined in the proposal. Please email
proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org in the *text* of an email message.
Proposals are due Wednesday, March 3rd. The organizing collective will
respond to proposals within two weeks of the deadline.