A Time to Unite Virtual Festival

Join thousands of teens, teachers and parents for a free, virtual, youth-led festival on November 6-7, 2021.

The Student Virtual Board of YCD is planning its 2nd annual A Time to Unite Virtual Festival, featuring interviews, panels, performances, and more created and curated by students from across the U.S. to address the unique challenges faced by young people in 2021.

Festival Date and Time

The Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7. The Festival will contain numerous segments hosted by students interviewing experts on a variety of subjects, and will run two hours each day; exact timing to be announced.

Topics and Sessions

The Student Virtual Board is developing a robust and exciting list of topics for interactive sessions throughout the Festival weekend. Past topics include:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • At-home art therapy for mental wellness
  • Understanding non-binary genders
  • Indigenous women breaking barriers in politics
  • How COVID-19 has impacted the Deaf* community
  • Inclusion within high school sports and extracurricular activities
  • Interfaith cooperation for social justice and social change
  • How to be an activist
  • Cultural appropriation
  • The need for feminism in today’s world
  • Colorism
  • Student experiences with and in the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Combating homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth
  • How young people can handle stress and anxiety during COVID-19
  • The epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women
  • An introduction to lesser-known religions and faiths
  • Intersectionality in the Black community
  • Dance and its importance in culture
  • Classism and economic injustice
  • Getting to know the YCD Student Virtual Board

How to Watch the Festival

The Festival will be livestreamed over YCD’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Make sure to follow YCD on these channels to watch!

The Festival is free of charge and open to students, parents, educators, and the wider public to watch across the United States.

Sponsorship and Donations

The YCD Student Virtual Board is working hard to prepare for the Virtual Festival, but needs your support. We need to raise $17,000 to make this project a success. Please consider a donation or sponsorship to support youth voice and action for inclusion and social justice!

Donations

Individuals may donate online using the form below.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available for businesses and organizations at a wide variety of levels and come with significant benefits to show attendees your support of their cause:

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000

  • Invitation to create welcome video to be shown as part of the Festival
  • Invitation to have representative interviewed by student hosts during Festival about your organization’s commitment to inclusion and justice
  • Verbal recognition by student hosts throughout Festival
  • Invitation to meet-and-greet YCD’s Student Virtual Board
  • Thank you post on social media by YCD to over 3,000 followers, as well as posts by YCD Board members to over 1 million followers
  • Prominent display of linked logo on Festival website
  • Logo on all Festival promotional materials
  • All benefits of lower sponsorship levels

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000+

  • Prominent mention of sponsorship on YCD social media channels to over 3,000 followers, plus amplification by YCD Board members to over 1 million followers
  • Prominent mention in post-event email blast to YCD mailing list of over 5,000
  • All benefits of lower sponsorship levels

Gold Sponsor: $1,000+

  • Mention of sponsorship over YCD social media channels to over 3,000 followers
  • Mention in post-event email blast to YCD mailing list of over 5,000
  • Display of linked logo on Festival website
  • All benefits of lower sponsorship levels

Silver Sponsor: $500+

  • Verbal and visual recognition by student hosts during Festival
  • Display of unlinked logo on Festival website
  • All benefits of lower sponsorship levels

Bronze Sponsor: $250+

  • Verbal recognition by student hosts during Festival
  • Mention on Festival website

Ready to pledge your support for youth voice?

Videos from the 2020 Festival

Below are videos from the various segments livestreamed throughout the Festival weekend! Make sure to subscribe to YCD’s YouTube channel to get notified of new videos in the future like these.

Meet the Student Virtual Board

Hear from members of the Student Virtual Board about what the group does and why they joined. This group created the YCD Virtual Festival that livestreamed over October 10-11, 2020.

How to be a Youth Activist

What does it mean to be an activist, especially if you’re still in high school? In this video, a student from YCD’s Student Virtual Board interviews Tay Anderson, Director of the Denver Public Schools Board, and Amy Brown from BLM5280, to explore this topic and discuss why speaking out against injustice is so important in 2020 and beyond.

Living in the Deaf World

What is like to be deaf? In this video, disability rights activist Mariangela Acosta shares her experiences as a deaf young person, and clears up some misconceptions or misunderstandings around what it is like to be deaf.

Native American Women Leading in Politics

An increasing number of Native women are winning elections to take leadership roles in politics in the U.S., including Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Sharice Davids (Kansas) who together became the first Native women in the U.S. Congress EVER in its history. Another compelling story is from Rep. Ruth Buffalo, who became the first Native Democratic woman elected to the state legislature of North Dakota in 2018. She unseated the state representative who sponsored a strict voter ID law intended to disenfranchise Native people.

The Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

What does the phrase “missing and murdered indigenous women” mean? What are the root causes of this problem? What can we all do to help bring this epidemic to an end? This presentation was given by Cheyenne Antonio representing the Campaign to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW).

Native Hoop Dance Performance

A teen from Sioux Falls, South Dakota performs a Native hoop dance and fancy shall dance.

The Psychology behind Microaggressions

What are microaggressions? What is their impact on people of color, and students of color? How can we focus on healing after suffering from a microaggression? In this video a student interviews psychologist Dr. Mariel Buquè about the psychology of microaggressions.

Cultural Appropriation 101 for Teens

What is “cultural appropriation”? What does it have to do with Halloween? Why is it problematic and how do you know if you’ve done it? Find out more about this topic in this video created by two YCD Student Virtual Board members.

A Life Worth Living: Down Syndrome

In this video, Sophia, a young person with Down Syndrome, shares about her experience living with the condition, and combats stereotypes about what it means to live with Down Syndrome. This video was recorded by the Global Down Syndrome Association.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Low-Income Families and the Homeless

While we live through a pandemic and health emergency, the economic impacts of COVID19 have been huge, especially for low-income families and the homeless. How are people surviving during these trying times? What more can government do to support low-income families? How can we all combat classism?

Teen Mental Health and Wellness during COVID-19

There’s been a lot of talk about the challenges of mental health during the pandemic and among youth. But how many times have you had a chance to hear from youth directly about what they’re thinking and going through? Hear from several teens about the mental health challenges and struggles they are facing, and the reaction and advice from a licensed school psychologist. It is our hope this discussion will provide positive advice and help for teens nationwide.

Meditation for Teens

Walk through a guided meditation to relax, de-stress and recenter. Then, hear a student-led conversation about how to use meditation for mental wellness.

BLM and Intersectionality

What voices and identities are lifted up the most within the BLM movement? What identities are not recognized and respected within the movement? How has awareness of violence toward Black queer and trans lives affected the political environment? How can the Black community be an ally to all identities within BLM?

The School to Prison Pipeline: Student Perspectives

What is the “school to prison pipeline”? How do schools push students of color into the juvenile justice system? What can educators and school administrators do differently to disrupt this injustice?

Colorism: A conversation between students and teachers of color

Why are darker skinned girls THREE TIMES more likely to be suspended from school? Why do darker skinned actors struggle to find work compared to lighter skinned actors, as recently discussed by Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o and Thandie Newton? The answer is colorism. Colorism is prejudice against people based on the shade or tone of their skin color, and is also sometimes referred to as shadeism.

Building Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities

How do we create teen sports and athletics that are inclusive of all identities? What role do sports and athletics have in helping communities rebuild after disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

Do we need feminism in 2020?

Is feminism relevant or needed in today’s world? What does it mean to be a feminist in 2020? What challenges or issues is feminism still working to address and solve? Hear from two leaders of the Womxn’s March Denver about their perspectives on feminism in 2020.

What does it mean to have a non-binary gender identity?

Diversity around gender identity continues to grow, and the term “non-binary” has become more and more well-known as an alternative to strictly male or female gender identities. In this video a teen who identifies as non-binary is interviewed about their experiences coming to realize they are non-binary, what it means to them, and what some common misunderstandings or misconceptions are around the identity.

Coming Out as LGBTQ+

What challenges do teens and young people face today when coming out as part of the LGBTQ+ community? What does the coming out experience look like for people from different backgrounds? How does coming out as trans or bisexual differ from coming out as gay or lesbian? How can we be better allies to LGBTQ+ youth and those who have not yet come out?

Understanding Islam

What are some major misconceptions of Islam and Muslims? Hear an interview between a high school student and the leader of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau for some basic information about the religion.

Understanding Judaism

What are some major misconceptions of Jews and Judaism? Hear an interview between a high school student and a member of the Jewish faith.

What does interfaith cooperation look like?

How can people from different religious and faith traditions work across divides on issues relating to social justice?

Contact Info

For any questions or to become a sponsor of A Time to Unite Virtual Festival, contact YCD’s Executive Director:

Caleb Munro

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746
cmunro@ycdiversity.org