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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Brighton Image Summit hosting world-renowned speakers

The City of Brighton Youth Services Division is hosting its annual Image Summit March 2 and 3 at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong Street, Brighton, CO.  This two-day youth conference for Colorado students seeks to empower youth, build confidence, teach leadership, and inspire young leaders to use their voices to impact their communities and policy governance. To register as a student or chaperone visit the Image Summit’s website.

The event will feature two keynote speakers:

  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year-old Boulder native, indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world from the Rio +20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive change in their communities to address climate change and other important issues that will define our future.
  • EJ Carrion is a top youth speaker, best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, and preeminent thought-leader on student success. Carrion grew up in a low-income community and a single-parent household. He overcame his circumstances to graduate from both high school and college with honors. Plus, he received the prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship.

This event will be emceed by Blake Fly, a man on a Mission to Improve Campus Culture by Helping People Realize They Matter. He seeds actions of appreciation, recognition and thoughtfulness into the daily routines of students, staff and campus partners. Simply put, Fly helps students graduate happy and provides campuses with resources to make that possible. Fly has been a TEDx conference host, a featured TEDx speaker and is the author of “The Campus Life Guide.” He has even shared the stage with CBC’s Rick Mercer!

In addition to hearing from impressive guest speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to attend 10 breakout sessions, speak to elected officials from across the state, mingle with like-minded youth, and celebrate themselves and diversity.

SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

Thursday, March 2

8:30-9 a.m.: Check-In

9-9:30 a.m.: Intro Performance

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Blake Fly

9:45-10:45 a.m.: Keynote Speaker EJ Carrion

10:45-11:10 a.m.: TBD

11:10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

4:30-5 p.m.: Speaker Blake Fly

Friday, March 3

8:30-8:45 a.m.: Blake Fly Welcome

8:45-9:15 a.m.: Yoga

9:15-9:30 a.m.: Blake Fly Intro and Speech

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Keynote Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Council Roundables

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Food Truck

1-1:45 p.m.: Musical Performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

1:45-2 p.m.: Close Out Blake Fly

2-4 p.m.: Networking

For more information or for questions, please contact City of Brighton Youth Services Community Liaison Melinda Weatherholt at 303-655-2119.



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