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Purpose

Free Our Dreams strengthens the youth movement in California by cultivating a network of youth leaders who reflect our diverse identities and community; by sharing skills, knowledge and resources to support youth organizing, and by bringing youth together to lead bold conversations and action for systemic change.

We are brothers and sisters, youth of color, undocumented, queer and transgender.

We come from communities across California — from small towns and rural communities to inner-city neighborhoods.

We come ready to use our minds, our voices, and our spirits to break down the walls and the doors that stand in our own way.

We come as heroes of our own stories, to define our futures and our own realities.

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2016 Conference Resources

PROGRAM

Free Our Dreams youth organizing summit & advocacy day schedule

Friday, August 5

8:00 am

Sites depart from locations

2:00 pm

Check in and registration

5:00 pm

Dinner

6:30 pm

Free Our Dreams: Honoring Who We Are; Youth and Adult Orientation

7:45 pm

Official Welcome
Speak Out: Site Exchanges

10:00 pm

Dorm Time

11:00 pm

Lights Out and Safety Checks

Saturday, August 6

6:45 am

Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome: Roots and Resistance Panel

10:00 am

Free Our Dreams College & Career Panel; Legislative Captain Training for Adult Leads

12:30 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

4:00 pm

Free Our Dreams: Networking & Affinity Group Meetups

6:00 pm

Dinner and Schools not Prisons Concert

10:00 pm

Return to Campus

11:00 pm

Dorm Time

12:00 am

Lights Out and Safety Checks

Sunday, August 7

6:45 am

Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am

Opening: Celebrating Youth Power & Call to Action

10:15 am

12:15 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Legislative Visit Tips and Support

3:00 pm

Legislative Delegation Preparation

5:30 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Free Our Dreams Rally Preparation and Bloc Party

10:00 pm

Dorm Time

11:00 pm

Lights Out and Safety Checks

Monday, August 8

8:00 am

Sites depart from locations

2:00 pm

Check in and registration

Preparation

Free Our Dreams is a 4-day youth organizing summit that culminates in a day of advocacy and meetings with legislators at the Capitol. Meeting with other young leaders across California can be a powerful and transformative experience.

We have developed some materials to help both youth participants and adult allies know what to expect and how to contribute to creating a respectful and transformative space for everyone.