Stamp Conference 2016
Students Taking Action and Making Progress
Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016
Venue: REGIS University Campus, Denver, CO
Key Note Speaker: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
The STAMP Conference is a daylong diversity and inclusiveness conference/experience for middle school students designed and facilitated by high school students from across the Denver metro area. STAMP stands for Students Taking Action and Making Progress and the conference equips middle school youth from across the Denver area and beyond with tools to build more inclusive communities in their home schools. What makes this experience so unique is the coming together of diverse students from varied high schools and middle schools, representing public, private, charter and independent school communities. The high school leaders who plan the conference receive leadership and facilitation training and are empowered to design and create every workshop for the conference. In year one, we began with just a dozen high school leaders and in October 2015 we had 60 high school leaders creating, facilitating and leading the STAMP program.
To develop student leaders who are engaged in culturally responsive dialogue, through experiential opportunities to promote leadership, social justice and equity in their communities. Summer STAMP Leadership Experience: As part of meeting the demand for more leadership opportunities for youth in our community, a summer program was piloted in 2015. This week long social justice, equity and leadership experience was very successful in its first year. We provided a leadership opportunity for 10 students during the summer to develop their skills as leaders. The program delves into leadership curriculum with a social justice emphasis through of lens of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We engaged civic and community leaders to work with our students and provided experiential learning activities in the community. The interest for summer 2016 is already happening with great interest in the program coming from individuals, organizations, schools and other leadership programs.
STAMP will serve as our program for student leadership development. Our leadership will model opportunities for emerging, multicultural and transformational leadership with an emphasis on diversity, equity and social justice.
In addition, we are planning to grow as an organization and be recognized as a leader in the inclusiveness, equity and social justice field at the local, statewide and hopefully national levels.
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