The Future Forward conference concluded by zooming out on the systems of our society. The Society & Justice track featured critical conversations around criminal justice reform, art and culture, financial access and empowerment, and early childhood education.
Public panels on Youth Mentoring, Inclusive Culture, and Cultures of Repair, joined facilitated conversations on Financial Access and Early Childhood Education that continued the year-round Tomorrow Talks Series.
It was a sustained look at the ways in which the structures and resources of our community can be brought together to assist everyone and establish a shared conversation for the future.
“Mentoring our Youth - How we Can Create Optimism and Opportunity for the Future,” looked at ways the community can support and embrace the youth of Charlottesville. Featured are Denise Johnson, Robert Gray, Daniel Fairley II, and Freddy Jackson.
Scott Hamler, Dr. Kevin McDonald, Jaundiego Wade, and Kori Price answered the audience's questions during the interactive panel: “Creating Inclusive Culture | Empowering Black-Led and Black-Curated Events and Community Spaces.”
Aria Florant & Gregory Thompson examined how a deep understanding of history informs the policies and communities of today during “A Culture of Repair: The Beloved Community” panel.
During a “Tomorrow Talk” on Early Childhood Education, Sherry Bryant and Ben Wilkes addressed the rising costs of childcare and how to create more equitable opportunities for our community's youngest learners.
Martize Tolbert, Victoria Maxey, and Teira E. Farley led the conversation on Financial Access & Empowerment as part of the “Tomorrow Talk” Series.
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