#DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit

The Representation Project and Jennifer Siebel Newsom are excited to host our second annual #DisruptTheNarrative: Youth Leadership Summit on August 5 at Lucasfilm in San Francisco. This intensive, immersive experience will bring together 250 youth leaders (age 16-24) who are eager to acquire language and skills to lead on equality, ground their leadership practice in an understanding of their unique selves, and create a personal action plan to drive cultural change.


#DisruptTheNarrative convenes young leaders from all backgrounds, representing across gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and other groups. Are you a young person committed to advancing equality? Are you a nonprofit, community leader, or activist who’d like to nominate some youth leaders? Contact our Strategic Partnerships Manager Brian Sisco at


A day-long program, #DisruptTheNarrative consists of workshops and presentations led by community organizations, artists, and activists. Join us as we delve into our three program tracks:

TRACK I: CREATING, Media Literacy and Understanding our Stories

Youth learn how to story tell to advance equality through social media, film, music, art and in prose.

TRACK II: ORGANIZING, Driving Social Change

Youth build their organizing skills to mobilize others and become upstanders.

TRACK III: LEADERSHIP, Taking it Home and Making an Impact

Youth grow their leadership skills to meaningfully impact issues important to them.


At the event, The Representation Project will capture multimedia assets and workshop best practices, which we then bundle into the #DisruptTheNarrative Activation Kit, allowing the attending participants and others to replicate the experience, ultimately bringing our message of inspiration, equality, and leadership to more than 10,000 youth.


To join our community of sponsors leading on equality, please contact our Director of Partnership Tolu Lawrence at Download our flyer to learn more.

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3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic
The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Bay Peace
Global Girl Media
The Imagine Bus Project
Overfelt High School
Planned Parenthood Northern California
University of California Student Association
Youth Leadership Institute
Youth Speaks