October 22 - 24

The Homage to Heritage Youth Summit is by youth, for youth ages 12-25, focused on civic engagement, community organizing, and social transformation. Summit participants have the opportunity to hear from young, diverse voices across Michigan; learn how to organize and take action in their own communities; and join a network of young people to collaborate with beyond the event.

This is the 6th annual statewide Youth Summit in partnership with the My Brother's Keeper and Girls Equity Network of Michigan. Learn more about MBK/GEN Michigan here, and view highlights from last year's summit in Benton Harbor here.

Rooting in History to Transform Our Futures...

Learn about this year's virtual youth summit.

Calling Social Change Agents and Artists!

Showcase your work for a chance to win.

Make it a Virtual

Field Trip!

Connect this experience with your classroom.


The Summit focuses on issues that youth are passionate about, including racial justice, education, community safety, arts, culture, and healing.


Participants learn in large-group sessions and customize their agendas through a variety of breakout groups based on their interests and experience. The Summit showcases arts and culture and dedicates space for networking and supportive healing.

This year's Summit is entirely virtual, using Zoom spaces in engaging ways and promoting connection through a mobile and web-based event app.

This is a free event

Homage to Heritage Social Feed

Thursday, October 22nd

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rooting in the Past:

Histories of Community Organizing & Civic Leadership

Friday, October 23rd

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Building Skills Today:

Community Organizing Skills, Civic Engagement, Policy

Saturday, October 24th

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Transforming Our Futures:

Connect through Healing & Networking, Take Action for Social Justice

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Arts Contest

Whether you're a musician, painter, poet, dancer, writer, or other type of artist, we want to amplify your art!


Share your art for a chance to win a gift card and be featured during the Summit! Art should relate to themes of social justice, community, youth power, culture, love and healing.

Follow the link below for more information and to enter to win!

We Are the Change Spotlight


What projects or efforts have you been involved in to make a difference in your community?

Share what you or your group are doing to improve your community for a chance for your work to be featured during the Summit!

Follow the link below for more information and to share:

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We encourage you to consider the Youth Summit as a virtual field trip!


The Summit provides engaging opportunities for students to develop civic engagement and community organizing skills. Supportive materials will be provided to help teachers connect what students learn to the classroom.

Please contact us if you'd like support with coordinating your school's virtual field trip.

Frequently asked questions

What is the age range of participants?

Participating youth are ages 12-25 (7th grade through young adult). We also encourage parents, guardians, teachers, and other adult allies to attend and join adult breakout sessions where available.

How many students can we bring?

We want to do our best to accommodate as many young people as we can who are interested. Groups may range from 3 to more than 100 people. Please reach out to us at so we can work with you to coordinate.

Can adults attend?

Yes! We encourage parents, teachers, caretakers, and adult leaders to attend to learn strategies for supporting their children and students. There will be some general sessions that everyone will attend, and we encourage adults to please join the adult-focused breakout sessions.

How does registration work for students?

Attendees need to register individually (or have a parent or guardian register them!) via the online registration form: All attendees age 17 and under will be asked for the name of their school and the name and contact information for a parent or legal guardian. Once registered, we’ll share more info to access the summit via the Whova app. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We’re happy to work with you to make sure you all can attend!

How can I include the Summit in my student's classroom / home learning?

Youth will receive a digital workbook with reflection questions and activities to support their learning and to bring what they learn back to their classrooms and community.

I'm only able to attend one of the days, can I still participate in the Summit?

Absolutely! Please join for whatever portion of the Summit you're able. Just be sure to register here: Some sessions may be recorded, and this content will be included in the event app so you can also access it later!

This is a free event


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