Wheelock College Youth Symposium Series

Wheelock has convened two major Youth Symposiums, bringing together several hundred middle and high school students from public, private, pilot, and charter schools in Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge for a high-energy, daylong discussion about leadership, mentoring, and self-respect.

The conferences feature a specially developed curriculum that all students complete before attending. In addition to expanding horizons for the students who attend, the symposiums resulted in the foundation of SPARK the Truth, a student-created and student-run organization that has worked with Wheelock's Pre-Collegiate Office to bring nearly 5,000 young people to events on the Wheelock Campus that focus on leadership development, mentoring, social justice, academic support, coursework, and college success planning. Members of SPARK the Truth were also an integral part of planning for the 2010 Youth Symposium.

2010 Event Featured Award Winning Actor/Author Hill Harper

The 2010 Youth Symposium, titled "Bridges to Our Future: The Next Generation of Leaders," was led by award-winning actor and best-selling author Hill Harper and legal scholar Charles Ogletree. Harper told students attending the Symposium to seek out people who will support their goals and dreams, such as teachers, family members, or other mentors. "No one gets there on their own," he said.

2007 Event Brought Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu

The 2007 Youth Symposium, titled "Bridges to Hope and Understanding: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation," was led by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and featured an address by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

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