The Sawubona Leadership Summit (SLS) is an immersive 72-hour experience curated by Scarritt Bennett Center’s Racial Justice Ministries. SLS invites young leaders aged 14 to 24 to align their lives with their hope for a progressively equitable society and become co-creators of justice. SLS will train student leaders to lead by exploring how young people, women, queer folk, and other traditionally marginalized people led social justice movements. SLS will teach the utilization of storytelling to cultivate compelling narratives, the execution of community organizing initiatives, and nurture self-care and sustainability.
Sawubona is a Zulu greeting, meaning “I see you”. Sawubona acknowledges the worth and dignity of the other person. “I see all of you and your circumstances”. The typical response is “Shiboka,” meaning “I exist for you”. SLS will equip student leaders to amplify their voices and teach them to see, listen, and assist in addressing the needs of those whose justice concerns differ from theirs.
The goal of SLS is to nurture empathetic spirits, ignite the desire for justice, discover women-led movements throughout history, and build meaningful relationships that respect differences.
What to Expect:
*We have limited scholarships available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, DO NOT PAY. Please fill out the “apply for scholarship” form or email [email protected]. We will seek to respond within 24/48hrs.
Information for Youth Aged 14-17:
Youth aged 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult. For youth attending as a group with a chaperone, the ratio must be 10:1 (youth to adults). This is an immersive (overnight) program designed to be 3 days & 2 nights. Youth are encouraged but not required to sleep on campus. Youth desiring to attend day sessions only must check in and out each day. Youth and adults staying overnight will be in one of our residence halls (Bragg, Cadwallader, or Gibson). If youth are aged 14-17, they must either be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult. If youths aged 14-17 are staying overnight, adults are required to stay overnight as well. $300 registration fee applies for each youth and includes adult chaperone attendance. Adults attending as chaperones will attend summit for free, but are required to pay $100 to cover cost of sleeping room. Fee is reduced by $50 is chaperones pre-register (must bring 5+ youth) or free if bringing 10+ youth. Meals will be included for both youth and their chaperone. Please contact [email protected] if you have specific concerns not listed here.