Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) brings together schools from all over Orange County to attend a day long youth conference. Participants explore issues of identity and culture, develop their leadership skills and are exposed to examples of successful youth activism. Our goal is to empower and mobilize students to work towards creating positive social change.
Students attend three one-hour workshops, choosing from over 20 different thought provoking sessions related around human relations. Youth and experienced human relations presenters share their insights, experiences and expertise on subjects related to the theme
Keynote Speaker: Anika Ortiz of Anika’s Peace Project – “Anika may look like a typical 15-year old, but she isn’t. With a list of honors, awards, and well deserved accolades, including being named as one of the most “ 100 Most Influential People in Orange County”, Anika is anything but your typical 10th grade student. A few years ago, Anika lost her older sister Alejandra to domestic violence. Since then, she has dedicated her time to help victims of domestic violence and bullying.”
- Center of the Universe
- What is Modern Day Slavery?
- Operation Warm Wishes: Everyday is An Opportunity To Make a Difference
- Interfaith in Action: Creating a More Inclusive, Unified, and Woke Society
- Put the Move in Movement
- Muxers in Resistance
- Creating Safe Zones for LGBTQ Students
- Love Shouldn’t Hurt
- Zines as Creative Resistance
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Self-Healing Communities (ADULTS ONLY)
- Express Yo’Self: The Impact of Hip Hop on the Soul
- Resources for Immigrant Youth and Dreamer
Lunch Time Entertainment: Pita the Prophet – “Pita The Prophet is a hip-hop artist based out of Orange County that raps on real life experiences he faces in life. Through his music he hopes to bring people together through impactful messages that many can relate to. In high school he felt that the only thing that understood him was music, so he decided to write his own story. Now he plans on motivating the youth to break any limits that may be holding them back and chase their dreams.”
A Big Thank You to our Supporters!
Hoag Memorial Hospital
California State University, Fullerton, Office of Student Affairs
University of California, Irvine, Office of Student Affairs