CAST Schools Virtual Civics Fair and 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.

Why Youth Voice Matters?

Mya Pacheco
CAST Lead High School

Texas State Senator José Menéndez
District 26

Lisa Lewis
CPS Energy
Senior Vice President of People & Culture

Tiffany Jenkins
Advanced Learning Academy
Program Coordinator

Day 1: Speak Up! Speak Out!

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 • Virtual Youth Rally

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 Frritts | 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 SAISD 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

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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