Unity Day 2019 – Each One Teach One

Unity Day is one of Youth Together’s staple annual events. Hosted and planned every year by our very own youth leaders and community partners, Unity Day is a site-wide event that brings organizers, artists, and community members into the classroom to teach students about issues and skills that will help to support their development, and foster critical thinking.

Unity Day was created in 2001 as a response to racial tensions building on the Castlemont and Skyline High School campuses. During that time, students from different ethnic groups were dealing with extreme inter-community tension, which led to fights, and even riots. Youth Together staff came to both sites to lead circles and workshops around the cycle of violence, ethnic studies, and organizing, which led to students calling for programs that created unity and cultural understanding. To this end, Unity Day still works to bring students from different backgrounds and perspectives together to build solidarity within classrooms, and to promote peace within our community. 

Unity Day uses a popular education model to partner with teachers in the classroom, and pair them with an educational presenter that they feel would benefit their class depending on their subject or interests. Historically, during lunch, we host events where we highlight student and community performers, and always engage students with food.

This year’s theme is: Each One, Teach One!

Each One, Teach One is an ideology that is embedded within all of our communities, but popularized during American Enslavement, where it was illegal for enslaved Africans to learn or teach literacy. Even in the midst of violent and life-costing conditions, those that were able to learn during enslavement secretly and strategically taught their community as a way to empower both their minds and spirits, and pave the way toward their own spiritual, mental, and physical liberation. 

Each One, Teach One is a call-to-action that reminds us that every one of us has a stake in our collective freedom. As a community, it is our responsibility to equip ourselves and each other with the necessary tools and skillsets, intergenerational knowledge, and healing practices to reclaim our individual and collective power.

The dates for Unity Day at our three sites are:

CASTLEMONT HIGH SCHOOL

September 26th, 2019

MCCLYMONDS HIGH SCHOOL

September 23rd, 2019

SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL

September 25th, 2019

If you’re interested in being a workshop presenter, performer, or volunteer, please make sure to fill out the form below!

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