Dave Eggers presents The International Congress of Youth Voices
In its inaugural year, the International Congress of Youth Voices, founded by author Dave Eggers (co-founder of 826 National) and nonprofit leaderAmanda Uhle, will unite 100 students, between the ages of 16 and 20, from around the world to learn with and from accomplished writers, activists, entrepreneurs, and elected officials including civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Khaled Hosseini, Jose Antonio Vargas, Women's March leaders Bob Bland and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, and more.
The public is invited to hear from the student delegates and select guest speakers at a special event Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Nourse Theater (275 Hayes St., San Francisco). Expect readings of students' original writing and a chance to learn about young people's perspectives worldwide. The live on-stage event will be followed by a reception with the delegates.
To date, we have confirmed youth delegates from the United States, Iraq, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Syria, Ireland, Australia, Iceland, Burundi, Honduras, Cuba, Denmark, Venezuela, Zambia, and Nepal. Student delegates are chosen based on their commitment to leadership and social justice and their passion and eloquence as writers. The Congress is designed to provide a path to leadership for all delegates and represents a continuum from students who have exhibited potential in local writing and tutoring programs to writers and activists who have already made notable achievements at a very young age. We will welcome the 2015 UK Young Scientist of the Year, the 2017 Glocal Teen Hero of Nepal, a finalist for the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate competition, a Kentucky Governor's Scholar honoree, published authors, Model UN attendees, winners of the United States President's Volunteer Service Award, and Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners.
Politics of the world affect young people as much as anyone else, and they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. The International Congress of Youth Voices was founded as a means to amplify the ideas and energy of our youth and to unite young people for a weekend of collaboration. Student delegates will attend at no cost.