What can we learn from today’s youth?
How about the power of smiling every day? The challenges of being a female pursuing a career in the male-dominated technology field? The unsettling feeling of being a first-generation child seeking an identity between two cultures?
You’ll hear these stories and more at the first Focus event, a new community storytelling series presented by The Star, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at UMKC’s Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St.
The event will feature five inspirational youths ages 14-19 speaking on the topic “This Is Me: The Power of Change.”
The panelists are Lincoln College Preparatory Academy students and twin siblings De’Na and De’Onta Newborn, both 14; Kauffman School student Payton Earl, 14; J.C. Harmon High student Alexis Rojas, 18; and UMKC student Felix Gonzalez, 19.
After their presentations, there will be a short Q&A session.
The event is free but RSVPs are appreciated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to The Star’s Facebook page and join the event. Parking will be free at the 5000 Cherry St. parking garage (park on the fifth level for free after 5:30 p.m. Take the fifth floor walkway in the northeast corner to exit the garage and walk to the student center).