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2009 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event


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Title: 2009 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event

2009 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event
  • July 19-22, 2008
  • Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

God is Key
  • Open your hearts and step to Gods beat

2009 MYLE Program
Ethnic identity
Child of God identity God is Key
World, family and congregational identity
Leader identity
God is Key
  • Refocusing primary identity as children of God,
    not as people of a certain ethnic background
  • Powerful, transformational claiming of who we
    truly are and where we all belong
  • Center of whole group worship and prayers
  • Deep theological reflection
  • child of God ? mustard seed faith ? baptism ?

Ethnic identity
  • What is ethnicity? What is race? What is
  • Understanding ethnic grouping why/how this
    group formed over the years
  • What are some of the issues that people in this
    group face? (statistics)
  • How do you relate or not relate well to others in
    this group?

World and Family identities
  • Learning circles for 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation
    immigrants language, translation, culture,
    awareness of citizenship process
  • How do young people of color understand global
  • International guests from the Gathering will be
    leaders here
  • International adoption
  • Inter-racial / inter-religious families

Congregation and Community identity
  • Congregational type
  • Congregations of color
  • White congregations
  • Multicultural congregations
  • Community context
  • Urban
  • Suburban
  • Rural
  • Does you congregational type and community
    context match???
  • How do these affect our identity?

Leader identity
  • Youth to youth leadership development
  • Sharing ideas about how some have been fully
    included in the life of the church
  • Providing space to talk about leadership styles,
    Biblical models, embracing their call
  • Turning adult chaperones into mentors
  • How to equip and empower young people
  • Intergenerational activities to symbolize

2009 MYLE Program
Ethnic identity
Child of God identity God is Key
World, family and congregational identity
Leader identity
Primary and secondary identities
  • Primary identity
  • True joy
  • Based in scripture
  • Grace
  • Abundance thinking
  • Clear definition
  • Unity with others
  • Secondary identities
  • Acceptance
  • Based on social constructs
  • Judgment
  • Deficit thinking
  • Unclear definitions
  • Separate from others

Format for primary identity learning
  • Daily centering for entire group
  • No chairs in ballroom so people can dance
  • Mostly youth preachers, dance teachers, and
  • Transferring lessons learned from musical
  • Whatever you practice, you get good at
  • Its about the music, not about you if the
    goal is large enough, the ego falls away
  • Everything has a beat, a rhythm (everything/one
    has culture) leaders need to listen for this

Format for secondary identity learning
  • Some will be presentations, some will be
  • People will sometimes be on their own and
    sometimes with their congregational group
  • Mix of various approaches to learning
  • Storytelling
  • Unlearning
  • Cross-cultural and intergenerational reflection
  • Articulating what you can take home

Dont forget the cultural celebration!
  • Whereas some multicultural events end with a
    cultural celebration, MYLE will begin with one
  • Ice-breaker on first evening
  • Showcasing the diversity of people, cultures,
    gifts, etc
  • Inviting others to experience your culture (to a
    certain degree), i.e., learning/teaching the
    salsa dance, or an American Indian circle dance

Who can go to MYLE?
  • People who are ready to engage in serious
    leadership development
  • Congregational groups going to the Gathering
  • Individuals going to the Gathering
  • People of color and European Americans or
    white people in fact, we will talk about
    language and why it matters!

OK, so how do you get to MYLE?
  • Registration use same form as Gathering
  • Registration opens September 15, 2008 and closes
    January 15, 2009, same as the Gathering (this is
    different than previous MYLEs)
  • Registration to be monitored for intentional
    diversity at least 50 people of color
  • Travel to New Orleans
  • Ask your Gathering synod coordinator for ideas
    about how to get there network with others who
    are also planning to go maybe share a ride!

How much does it cost?
  • MYLE registration fee 125 per person (includes
    housing and meals during event)
  • Gathering registration fee 295
  • Gathering hotel housing estimated 60 per
    person per night (doubles) _at_ 4 nights 240
  • Gathering meals estimated 40 per person per
    day _at_ 5 days 200
  • Total 860 per person travel costs
  • but wait, financial assistance may be

Financial assistance for MYLE participants
  • 50 of all Gathering financial assistance is
    earmarked for young people of color who plan to
    attend MYLE ? covers 100 of Gathering
    registration fee! HURRY deadline for financial
    assistance application is July 31, 2008!
  • Possibility for Gathering Youth Volunteer Corps ?
    Gathering registration fee reduced to 200 per
    person AND free housing. (you will be assigned to
    4-6 hours of work per day). Early Sept. 2008
    Gathering will know if they need more people, in
    which case, they will call upon people planning
    to go to MYLE.

MYLE logo contest
  • Young people will be asked to submit a logo via
    the MYLE web site
  • Artist whose logo is selected will get free MYLE
  • Young artists may submit their logos by September
    1, 2008
  • Logo guidelines can be found online at

  • MYLE (and DAYLE) get first entry into Gathering
  • Blessing of the space
  • Help lead opening session
  • MYLE choir sings
  • Similar learning ideas? Opportunities to share
    resources? (speakers, musicians?)
  • Other ideas?

  • July 17 move in day at the Sheraton for
    equipment to set up
  • MYLE planning team (more than a point person) to
    do and connect with Tech and Talent (meet and
    work directly with them)
  • Sociologist consultant
  • YTI youth leadership conference in the fall (get
    details from Evelyn)
  • Sharon Parks hearth as a place for mentoring,
    good resource to use for mentoring piece

See you in New Orleans!
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