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Gathering of the Youth is a 3-day, movement-building youth conference focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through Juvenile Justice Reform, Gun Violence Prevention, Gender Equity, and Transformative Politics. Gathering of the Youth is being presented by The Gathering for Justice. 

The first Gathering of the Youth took place in 2005, immediately after Harry Belafonte convened his peers from the Civil Rights Movement to commit to a Covenant to End Child Incarceration. Following that convening, he brought together youth leaders from across the country to Epps, Alabama for an intergenerational gathering with the elders from the movement. This convening was grounded in community, centered on youth--particularly those directly impacted and honed into intentional organizing--and focused on leadership development and movement-building rooted in Kingian Nonviolence. 

Aiming to find the agenda for the next generation of leaders and movement builders in our country, the 2005 Gathering of the Youth highlighted the powerful parallels in their civil and human rights struggles. The message of inclusivity, intersectionality, and the work of uncovering common ground to unite people from diverse communities and cultures is what came out of the 2005 gathering, with a commitment to one another and a larger mission.

The 2019 Gathering of the Youth is our movement’s present day solutions-based convening, bringing together 50 youth leaders (ages 15-23) from across New York City and the surrounding area; from Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Youth leaders will engage in conversations, panel discussions, workshops, trainings, artistic performances and more, while developing an agenda for dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for organizing in their communities.


The Gathering for Justice reaches thousands of communities across the country. In 2019, we are honing into movement building, particularly through cultivating intercultural, intergenerational, and intersectional relationships. Support our efforts in creating necessary spaces for youth organizers by sponsoring the 2019 Gathering of the Youth Conference. For more information or to become a sponsor contact:


Are you a youth leader based in NYC or it’s surrounding area? Interested in attending the Gathering of the Youth: 2019 Conference? Have you been chosen by one of our partner organizations to attend this conference (not required)? Register Now!