On April 24, 2015, over 30 youth development practitioners, game makers, artists, musicians and other creators came together at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia to Jam4Justice.
Over the next 8 hours, this group developed 6 social justice projects for Philadelphia's young people and in the process forged new connections and re-discovered their own inspiration and passion for the work.
When the morning began, most people were strangers to one another.
We only had the shell of an agenda and no idea what the projects would be.
Within an hour, though, we had formed teams and everyone was busily engaged in bringing to life the projects they were most passionate about creating.
By the end of the day, we had seen the birth of :
a DIY musical to help young people explore self-love
a youth-run spoken word cafe
an interactive card game to teach young people about stereotypes
a 6-week digital story-telling curriculum
a city-wide project to use food as a gateway into learning about different cultures
an adventure-based learning school
All the participants were jazzed by the connections they made, the new resources and information they discovered and the opportunity to engage in passion-based projects that gave them results in just a few short hours.