Youth Peace Summit encourages city’s youth to take a step toward their future together

alt text By Maia McDonald, Environmental Health and Wellness Reporter, The Real Chi

Earlier this month, teens from across the city of Chicago came out to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for UCAN’s fourth annual Youth Peace Summit. The daylong event held four peer-led workshops, which paved the way for conversations on diversity, mental health and leadership.

The Youth Peace Summit was also a precursor to UCAN’s fifth annual Polar Peace March on Jan. 21, also known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The march aims to offer support for those affected by violence in Chicago. For many who attended the summit, this was a chance for the high schoolers to discover ways to enact change within themselves and in their city.