VETERANS EMPOWERING TEENS THROUGH SUPPORT® (V.E.T.T.S.®)
A Restorative Justice Mentoring Program
YOUTH SUMMIT 2018
Focus. Take Action. Become Your Truth.
The goal of the 2018 summit is to support youth in overcoming their past, making better decisions in the present, and discovering options for their future.
This year we had the privilege of having Akeem Browder, a social justice advocate. He spoke about his brother Kalief Browder's story of injustice and painful reality of incarceration. He shared a piece of the six-part Spike TV docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Akeem spoke to the students about considering their choices and the consequences of them, how to set intentions to manage their future better, and how to find better solutions to common problems. Khalil Ivy, a freshman at Metropolitan Business Academy, said, “this was one of the most impactful experiences I've had.”
All of the speakers talked to the youth about considering the impact of their decisions, how to get clear about their past and reclaim the power of their future; more importantly that it is possible and they do indeed have a future. Jearel Brown, a senior at New Light High School, has attended three of V.E.T.T.S.’s four summits. He said, “because of the summit, he had begun to consider the possibility of applying to SCSU.”
The purpose of the summit is the change in the perception of their present and their future and helping them find their truth.