Youth Summit 2018
More than 300 students, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers convened at Lipscomb University January 22nd for our annual Mayor's Youth Summit. This youth-led gathering provided our young people with the opportunity to tackle key issues that have the greatest impact on Nashville's youth -- mental health, immigration, mass incarceration, to name a few. The summit was organized and led by the Mayor's Youth council with a breakout session on youth safety and community mapping facilitated by the Oasis Maptivists. Lonnel Matthews of the Mayor's Office was joined by Pastor Travis Claybrooks to facilitate a special breakout session on restorative practices. Other youth facilitators represented Building Bridges Youth Advisory Council and the MTA Action Team at Oasis. The goals of this summit were to collect feedback from Nashville residents, ages 14-18, on youth-related civic and community issues, to identify greatest areas of concern to the youth community, to identify potential causes, solutions and resources that currently exist, and to draft recommendations for community and youth mobilization.