May 20 – Youth Fellows Meet Up

On Saturday, May 20th, the Central Indiana Youth Fellows held their monthly meet up. This meeting took place in  the Andre B. Lacy School of Business at Butler University. During the first half of the meeting the Youth Fellows gave an update as they were asked what was new with them. Waseema Ali also introduced the new Desmond Tutu Center Intern Corbin Panturad as part of the Youth Fellows team.

The Fellows discussed the Youth Fellows Project Symposium and Celebration, which will take place this summer at the Christian Theological Seminary on July 15th. In the meet up, the symposium was described as being similar to a TED Talks event where each Youth Fellow will be able to present their social justice project.

In addition to their presentations, a documentary will be shown about their trip to South Africa. The documentary chronicles highlights of the trip which included meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visiting religious and historical sites; and experiencing South African culture through museums, music, art, and conversation. The film is also filled with insightful commentary by the Youth Fellows on how they felt about their experiences and what they learned on the trip.

As they watched the documentary, they felt nostalgic as they watched themselves experience their ten day trip to South Africa in the form of a narrative portrayed in a forty minute film. The powerful documentary brought them back to the time of their trip and made them tearfully reflect on how the experience had changed them and gave them a global perspective.  

At the end of the meeting, the youth met with their mentors and discussed the successes and challenges they have had with their projects so far. The youth have one more meeting in June before they present their projects in July at the symposium. In the meantime, the Fellows will be promoting the symposium and working on putting the finishing touches on their community projects.

If you plan to attend the Youth Fellow Project Symposium and Celebration please register at This event is free and open to the public, but registration is needed to know how to accommodate those who attend.

By: Phil G.

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