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YES! Virtual PD

Sustainable, Inter-generational, Creative Process for Youth and Adults


Youth Equity Stewardship Virtual PD offers:

  • An experiential, arts-based process focused on engaging youth and adults as advocates for building soulful, inspired and inclusive learning environments.
  • An opportunity to gain the youth perspective and a wider diversity lens for recognizing and eliminating educational disparities.
  • A mindset centered on growing empathy at the personal and organizational levels.
  • A model that builds leadership capacity and multi-generational collaboration to support authentic school improvement efforts

Virtual Keynotes 

Borderless: An Intergenerational YES! Journey (90-min)

Through Folk and hip-hop musical expression, video storytelling and interaction, Benjie Howard and Wade Antonio-Colwell share their journey as teaching artists working with K-12 youth and adults in schools across the country, and in wilderness environments. They will share methods for engaging adults and students together in equity learning. They offer an integrated pathway for youth-centered action toward reducing and eliminating educational disparities.

Virtual Sessions

Youth Equity Stewardship: For Learning Communities Navigating an Inter-generational Equity Journey (3) 2-hour sessions

Learn from founders Benjie Howard and Wade Antonio Colwell about Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!), a sustainable, inter-generational, creative facilitation process for youth and adults that enables learning communities to enthusiastically engage and advocate for culturally responsive teaching and leading practices. YES! is rooted in arts-based methods that aim to elevate youth vision and passion to the forefront of policy and progress for an evolving twenty-first century school system. They will demonstrate how the process amplifies student partnership and supports young people in understanding their personal journey and social accountability through a "stewardship" lens that creates a living example of commitment to inclusion, equity, and a new frame for educational excellence.


Youth Equity Stewardship – (6) 2-hour sessions

These sessions are provided for High School and Middle School students

Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) inspires young people’s creativity and passion in exploring and engaging with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their personal lives, their school, and their community through an arts-inspired group process leading to meaningful inter-generational partnership. The purpose of YES! is to:

  • support students to be advocates for their own educational success as well as stewards for the well-being of others
  • help foster an inclusive school climate across all dimensions of difference.
  • enhance student achievement and expand the notion of educational excellence for each and every student .
  • realize our unique human capacity for empathy and social responsibility.
  • prepare students to become active ambassadors, able to work with younger students, with peers and partner with adults within and beyond their school environment.

These sessions highlight students’ journey toward an understanding of the diversity they bring to the community and how to recognize and learn from the diversity of others. Students will gain a deeper understanding of their peers’ experiences with barriers and inequities. Sessions will engage students by sharing their story and their creative expression as tools for equity and social justice in their community.

Additional Resources

YES! Webinar

YES! webinar

Attend this webinar to learn more about:

  • What YES! is and its many and lasting benefits 
  • How it builds new intergenerational, powerful relationships through the arts 
  • How the phases of the YES! program work 
  • How partnering with the youth in your district will result to systemic change

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Virtual Coffee Break

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Grab your favorite coffee mug and enjoy our recorded Virtual Coffee Breaks with Gary Howard, Benjie Howard, and Wade Antonio Colwell. They also host special guests for an enlightening conversation on what’s happening in education during the era of Covid19.

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Get Started

Talk to your Corwin Professional Learning Advisor about creating organizational transformations that are necessary to create equitable places of learning for all of our nation’s children.

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