Hundreds of students attend eighth annual New England Youth Identity Summit

A stormy end to the week didn’t deter more than 300 students and educators from attending Waynflete’s eighth annual New England Youth Identity Summit on Saturday. More than 31 student-run workshops were on offer, on topics ranging from climate justice and women in medicine to gun safety reform and the changing face of high school sports. Educators gathered for their own workshop on how to bridge divides when different perspectives enter the classroom.

Keynote speaker Weatherspoon demonstrated their use of poetry to explore relationships, connection, and understanding, while featured performing artist Veeva Banga had everyone on their feet learning Afro Beats in at the close of the day. “I loved getting to meet kids my age, at similar stages in life, to share our experiences together,” said one attendee. “I realized that so much of what I ponder on is very much relatable to others. I have learned that I am never alone.”

Thank you to Valo for playing an essential role in making the Summit a success, and to Educate Maine and M&T Bank for their support. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

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