Community Engagement with Justice Victim Advocates
On Friday, October 7, Justice Victim Advocate (JVA) Jarrel Young of the City’s Equity and Engagement Department (E&E) facilitated a hip hop workshop at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy’s Fab Friday program. Fab Fridays is a weekly program where students spend half the day with visitors from various outside entities that engage with the students to enhance their vocational careers. Jarrel is helping the students create a hip hop song version of the school’s pledge which includes songwriting, beat making, and video production.
Additionally on Friday, Young attended “The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Symposium” that was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program is a commitment by the university to put the need to address systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparity into concrete action. This inaugural research symposium showcased the university-wide efforts to find new solutions, including the 22 projects funded during the first year of the program