At Asbury Hall Wednesday night, members of Young Invnicibles shared a bill with local performers to bring civic engagement tools to Buffalo.
The event will featured music, dance, and activism, bringing civic tools to a younger audience as part of an initiative to achieve full democratic participation, diversify our community, and achieve meaningful economic opportunity and sustainable wealth creation for people of all ages.
Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young Americans between 18 and 34 years of age on issues like higher education, health care, and jobs. Aaron Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director, and Jasmine Hicks, State Outreach Coordinator, of Young Invincibles discussed tools to engage Buffalo's youth in their talk "The Power of Our Generation: Tools to Open Buffalo."
Suggestions, in this interactive talk, were taken from the audience on the issues facing the residents. Two of the most prevalent topics were education and jobs.
A number of local performers stepped up to join the effort in #becomingthechange for Buffalo. Inspirational Soul and Hip-hop singer Drea D'Nur and rapper Quadir Lateef performed, as did as dancers from Verve Dance Studio, which presented a workshop followed by an interactive performance. DJ Milk was the MC for the evening, and played at the beginning of the evening.
The event, organized by Open Buffalo and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations and the John R. Oishei Foundation, brought together 15 community organizations in support of the event including:
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