Youth Rally

Youth Rally Recap

Over 1K students and educators participated in the inaugural Virtual Civics Fair and Youth Rally to include 101 teams, 40 celebrity Speak Up! Speak Out! Celebrity Judges, 20 guest speakers and contributors, 9 workshops and 1 art installation at the DoSeum.
Youth Rally banner
  • Why Youth Voice Matters?
  • Speak Up! Speak Out!
  • Virtual Youth Rally
Mya Pacheco
CAST Lead High School – Freshman
Texas State Senator José Menéndez
District 26
Lisa Lewis
CPS Energy – Senior Vice President of People & Culture
Tiffany Jenkins
Advanced Learning Academy – Program Coordinator

Opening Remarks

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio

Keynote Speaker

Tony Weaver, Jr.
Award Winning Writer and Speaker

Speak Up! Speak Out! Awards Presentation

Texas State Senator José Menéndez

January 20th

One of the core pillars of CAST is Student Voice and Agency. Students act as co-creators and co-problem solvers at the school and beyond, offering ideas, posing new questions and authentically engaging in their education. Student-led learning promotes effective collaboration, development of leadership skills, and the development of self-management, goal setting, self-advocacy, and student agency. In the spirit of promoting student voice, the CAST Network Student Advisory established the Virtual Youth Rally to showcase their ideas through civic workshops, speakers, curated student art, and a poetry reading. We hope to encourage them to find issues within their communities and share their solutions.
Racial Justice
Akeem Brown
Art as a Revolutionary Act
Cassidy Fritts, Say Sí
Student Life in Mexico
Students from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla
moderated by Arlena Amaro, News Anchor, Telemundo 60 San Antonio
The Importance of Networking in a Digital World
Katie Chain, H-E-B
Guest Speaker – Lorenzo Gomez III
Story Telling
Youth Organizing
Aysha Darilek and SAISA Students
Time Management
Lanie Wingert, Ignite Mindshift
Zine Workshop
Audrey Herrera, Trinity University Student and SA2020 Community Impact Assistant
Poetry Workshop
Amy Stengel, Advanced Learning Academy
Under One Sky
Mark Menjivar, Artist
I am for a city that…
A collective manifesto for San Antonio written by students at the Advanced Learning Academy, CAST Lead, CAST Med, CAST STEM and CAST Tech

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