28th Annual Walk In My Shoes: Annual BRIDGES Youth Conference
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at University of California, Irvine
Empowering Youth Leaders
Walk In My Shoes, OC Human Relations’ Annual BRIDGES Youth Conference, brings together students from across Orange County to explore issues of identity and culture, develop leadership skills, and learn from examples of successful youth activism. The goal is to empower and mobilize students to work towards creating positive social change. In keeping with the direction of the BRIDGES Safe & Respectful Schools Program, an emphasis is placed on providing students with workshops that illustrate community organizing and opportunities to get involved in making a difference in their schools, communities, and the world. This year’s conference theme was: “Healing Our People through Empowerment (H.O.P.E).”
“I had a lot of fun meeting new people and learning more about stereotypes, abuse, and social issues.”
This year’s conference was held at University of California, Irvine and was hosted by Dr. Thomas A. Parham, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.
“I feel moved and motivated.”
“I’m so glad I got invited to come along and experience all of the unique workshops. I really learned so much and gained a great perspective.”
- More than 600 students and educators from 21 Orange County high schools attended.
- More than 10 community organizations hosted workshop sessions and shared professional insight.
- Over 15 OCHR staff and BRIDGES Human Relations Ambassador Program Participants collaborated on event setup, registration, emceeing, leading lunch, and hosting and presenting workshops. Additionally, Board Members and corporate volunteers from Kia Motors America and Orange County’s Credit Union supported throughout the day.
- Thank you to Board Members and Commissioners who were present as well: Destiny Lopez, Sue Reese, Minzah Malik, Mark Miller, and Frank Marmolejo.
“I like how everybody can know how each other feels, how they can feel and what makes them different.”
Generous funding for Walk In My Shoes was provided by donations from: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Dr. Greg McQuater, and our host, University of California, Irvine, Office Student Affairs.
“Empowering for these young adults.” – Teacher