Our Teach in Project!

A series of events geared to empower Chicago youth through education on various topics all taught by young women/femmes. We want to emphasize the importance of centering women of color in learning spaces.


Second Teach In, "practice of power"




On February 25, Youth for Black Lives held our second youth-led teach-in event— giving young black women and gender non conforming folks the opportunity to teach other young people about topics like environmental racism, educational inequity, birth control and reproductive access, self-care, poetry, and photography. It was a wonderful day full of learning and empowerment, and we’re excited to include you all in our next teach in event!


First teach in


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On October 29th, Youth for Black Lives held a teach-in event at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park aimed at giving young Chicago femmes the opportunity to share knowledge with their communities. We aimed to challenge the power structures of education between teacher and student, aiming for a more equitable distribution of power and responsibility.  We understand that traditional education often excludes information which is relevant to either the skills that our communities need or the tools we need to change our conditions. Our goal is to allow young people to share that knowledge with other young people, hopefully propelling a cycle of education.


The Workshops

Young people led seven workshops on the following topics:

  • Shopping for Social Justice: How Capitalism and Social Media Commodifies Movements (led by Iris Haastrup)
  • Envisioning Your Future (led by Amber Anderson)
  • Allyship v. Accompliceship (led by Sarika Doppalapudi and Maia Cho)
  • Food Deserts on Chicago’s South Side (led by Amaris Buford)
  • Bresha Meadows and the Criminalization of Survivors (led by Kanyinsola Anifowoshe)
  • Bike Mechanic Basics (led by Maxine Aguilar)
  • Identity Poems (led by Kara Walker).

The Panel

The event also included a panel session with Trina Reynolds-Tyler from the Invisible Institute, Cicely McClennon, and Robin Rome in a discussion on how mothering in Black communities intersects with criminalization and police brutality.