On 4th August, 2018, a group of student delegates came together in San Francisco for the inaugural International Congress of Youth Voices. Founded by author Dave Eggers and Amanda Uhle, the congress brought together nearly 100 youth activists from around the world and noted guest speakers – including the US representative John Lewis and the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – for readings, mentorship and collaborative learning.
“We started looking around to see if there were other international gatherings of young writers, and we could not find anything similar,” Eggers states. This was the reason behind the inauguration of the International Congress of Youth Voices.
At the end of the three-day congress, the delegates wrote a group manifesto, which, in the coming weeks, will be translated and published in several languages.
The International Congress of Youth Voices will be a platform to celebrate and amplify the voices of students from all over the world.