Youth Igniting Change Summer Institute: End the Silence. Rise from Violence.


Monday-Friday June 18 -22

Join us for the fourth annual Youth Igniting Change Summer Institute for rising 9th-12th graders. This year participants will focus on understanding the roots of violence and how they as individuals and a community can work to transform it. If you are a teen or know of a teen looking to better understand how violence affects the country, communities, schools, and relationships, we hope you will join us for this engaging and fun leadership opportunity.



Local artists and trained youth workers from JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Youth Council will help participants explore connections between social engagement and art as well as strategies for self-care, healing, and sustainability.

Working with local artists, students will create projects through various mediums that address some aspect of violence. Through this process, participants learn organizing, communication, planning, and leadership skills. On Wednesday Students will also enjoy a field trip to Richmond, visiting various art galleries and historical places, to focus further on social engagement through art. The camp will end Friday with a presentation from participants open to family, friends, and the community.

Held at JMU’s Icehouse (127 West Bruce Street. Harrisonburg, VA 22807) room 117. Camp will run from 9:00am-2:00pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 7:30am-5:30pm Wednesday (fieldtrip), and will end Friday at 12:00 with a presentation and lunch.

Youth Igniting Change is FREE for participants. Transportation can be provided for participants living in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham area. Transportation will be provided for ALL participants for the field trip.

Lunch is provided each day.

Contact Josh Diamond for further questions at or 540-421-2265

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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