Girlvolution @ Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

It’s a counterrevolution ✊

📸: Courtesy Powerful Voices

🎟 This article was written on special assignment for The Ticket through the TeenTix Press Corps, a teen arts journalism program run by TeenTix, a youth empowerment and arts access nonprofit organization. 🎟

Saturday, May 13th • 10 am – 4 pm 

This Saturday is Powerful Voices’ annual youth-led conference, Girlvolution—a day of education from powerful young people—at the UW Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Since 2012, girls and gender-diverse youth of color (paired with guiding high school students and adult allies) have been crafting presentations and workshops about social justice issues impacting themselves, their communities, and the greater Seattle area to share at Girlvolution. In the past, topics from Powerful Voices’ Activistas have ranged from breaking up generational curses to the cost of masking neurodivergence to sustainable fashion.

The host of the event, Powerful Voices seeks to empower youth of color. They’ve provided paid work opportunities, free and reduced therapy, and events promoting healing justice (like Girlvolution), and have also created programs like Powerful Choices, the all BIPOC-youth-led podcast PV Radio and the Activistas program to guide community organizers in training.

There will also be a free clothing swap during the event! Bring your gently used clothing and accessories (and a bag to carry it all).  If free clothing isn’t your thing, don’t fear, there will also be live arts performances and youth vendors selling prints of artwork, postcards, stickers, candles, earrings, and more. If all that activity gets to be too overwhelming, there’ll also be a designated quiet space to hang out in. Best of all, if you have a packed schedule, you don’t have to stay the entire day. Girlvolution is about building community, so people of all genders and races are welcome. 

Find free tickets here.

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Ella Mariz-Frankel

Ella is a 9th grader who loves getting involved with Seattle’s art scene. She is passionate about environmental justice, QPOC rights, and making a positive difference. She is a writer for the TeenTix Newsroom and loves eating eggs, collecting D&D figurines, and reading.