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  • Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World Saturday, August 25

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    August 15, 2018
    Contact: Will Jones
    (513) 333-7558
    wjones@nurfc.org
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts Back to School Youth Symposium:
    Welcome to My World Saturday, August 25

    Student-Led Symposium to Address Race, Bullying, and Violence in Schools 
     
    CINCINNATI, OH (August 15, 2018) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host the Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World program on Saturday, August 25, from 2 – 4:00 p.m. This program, in partnership with the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate, is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
     
    Social issues such as the use of the racial slurs, bullying, and violence in schools have become part of our daily conversation. The Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World will be led by local youth who will share their personal experiences, express their concerns, and challenge the audience to move beyond complacency to achieve a greater understanding.
     
    Nila Kennedy-Young, a sophomore at Sycamore High School will moderator this meaningful discussion with students from Greater Cincinnati schools including Campbell County, Lakota East, Loveland, Milford, Riverview, St. Xavier and Walnut Hills.   
     
    "We are looking forward to this exceptional program that will enlighten the community on important issues from the perspective of the next generation,” says Christopher Miller, Director of Education for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. "Their perspectives are critical in understanding their day-to-day reality and how they can be active supporters of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools." 
     
    The Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World is Saturday, August 25, from 2 – 4:00 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. Visit freedomcenter.org for more information.

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    About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.