The humanities is about embracing respect, dignity, understanding,
and forgiveness among people of different cultures, races and religions.
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Conversation Toward a Brighter Future

Student Summits 2016

The “Conversation Toward a Brighter Future” is occurring as a solution to the negative discourse that is taking place across the country among our national leaders. As a result of their behavior, our world is becoming increasingly polarized. We must rely on the future leaders of this nation, our youth, to begin the conversation toward ways we can make this country better. 

The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities and Lewis and Clark Community College are partnering with the Regional Superintendent and Madison County to support a youth driven “Conversation Toward a Brighter Future.” A summit was held on Feb. 23 and 25 with more than 200 middle school and high school student participants holding discussions around the MJCHF’s four pillars - Respect, Dignity, Understanding and Forgiveness. Students were encouraged to think outside their comfort zones and consider how we must treat each other if we are to exist as a thriving society.

Participants are now working in school teams to identify and research issues and create a plan that yields positive results reflecting the MJCHF’s four pillars. Plans must have measurable outcomes and offer the ability to be replicated by other schools and communities. They must address the consequences if students, teachers, administrators and staff fail to embrace respect, dignity, understanding and forgiveness, and how the four pillars can result in a better future for our schools, communities and country.

Students may earn their school up to $5,000 to fund their two-year research project. Project proposals must include a statement describing a problem and solutions that will benefit their school or community.  If their proposal is approved, students will be awarded a fellowship grant for the implementation of their school research project. Students will then present an assessment and best practices in May 2017 and those selected will receive a grant of $1,000 for year two.

Conversation In Action

Collinsville Middle School presents their submission for the Conversation Toward a Brighter Future initiative.

Edwardsville High School's New Student Ambassadors Project is presented in this video.

WBGZ Radio interviews Alton High School about "The Bridge Project." Audio courtesy of WBGZ Radio and Alton High School.

Alton High School's Bridge Project, a part of the Conversation Toward a Brighter Future series published on RiverBender.com

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/conversations-for-a-better-future-alton-high-schools-bridge-project-17274.cfm

Edwardsville High School's New Student Ambassador Project, another installment in the Conversation Toward a Brighter Future series on RiverBender.com

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/conversation-toward-a-brighter-future-edwardsville-high-schools-new-student-ambassadors-project-17281.cfm

Brighter Future Summit Videos

The “Conversation Toward a Brighter Future” is occurring as a solution to the negative discourse that is taking place across the country among our national leaders. As a result of their behavior, our world is becoming increasingly polarized. We must rely on the future leaders of this nation, our youth, to begin the conversation toward ways we can make this country better.

High School Proposals

Video is 1:04:38 long

Middle School Proposals

Video is 38:19 long

To find out more information about the MJCHF, individuals are encouraged to visit www.mjchf.org, Instagram @mjchfoundation, Twitter @mjch_foundation  (#mjchfbrighterfuture) as well as the MJCHF Flickr and Facebook page and Riverbender.com.

Press Releases/News Articles

Gori Julian & Associates donates $100,000 to Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities - January 14, 2017

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/gori-julian--associates-donates-100000-to-mannie-jackson-center-for-the-humanities-17693.cfm

Memorandum - January 9, 2017

Click here to View the Memorandum from January 9, 2017

'CONVERSATION TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE': Civic Memorial High School’s FreshMentors - December 29, 2016

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/conversation-toward-a-brighter-future-civic-memorial-high-schools-freshmentors-17277.cfm

'CONVERSATION TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE': Lincoln and Liberty Middle School - December 28, 2016

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/conversation-toward-a-brighter-future-lincoln-and-liberty-middle-school-17282.cfm

'CONVERSATION TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE': Alton Middle School’s Circle of Trust - December 28, 2016

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/conversation-toward-a-brighter-future-alton-middle-schools-circle-of-trust-17276.cfm

EHS ambassadors assist new students - October 8, 2016

http://www.theintelligencer.com/local_news/article_b4298150-8d62-11e6-a388-4726502a12a2.html

CM mentoring program off to a good start - September 29, 2016

http://thetelegraph.com/news/90111/cm-mentoring-program-off-to-a-good-start

EAWR students show off grant results - September 8, 2016

http://www.mjchf.org/media/pdf/Article_Brighter_Future_9_8_2016.pdf

Nine High Schools to Receive $3,000 Fellowship for "Conversation Toward a Brighter Future" - May 11, 2016

http://www.mjchf.org/blog/details.cfm?id=1129

Durbin gets update on Jackson Center activities -  May 4, 2016

http://www.theintelligencer.com/local_news/article_2ddc3fa4-1213-11e6-97d8-cb542ff064ba.html 

Youth leaders look to brighter future - March 2, 2016

http://www.theintelligencer.com/local_news/article_d44ef420-e0a5-11e5-8340-13b04df29fce.html

Students leave summit at MJCHF inspired to make difference in schools, communities - March 1, 2016

http://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/students-leave-summit-at-mjcfh-inspired-to-make-difference-in-schools-communities-11679.cfm

Student summit addresses school challenges - February 27, 2016

http://thetelegraph.com/news/78661/student-summit-addresses-school-challenges

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