2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership Day: Navigating Your Civic Power

This past spring, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) virtually hosted the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership Day. This was a virtual experience that invited students, educators, and community partners to empower youth through civic engagement. The theme of the event was “Navigating Your Civic Power,” chosen to encourage students to explore ways to become involved in their communities and …

Visions of the Future: Emerging Leaders in Utah

What is an emerging leader? To start, the term “emerging” means becoming apparent or prominent, up-and-coming. An emerging leader can be found in each of our young people and youth who are advancing equitable causes and projects, already engaged in leadership and advocacy, or finding their way to define what being involved in their communities mean to them. So this …

Persevering through a Pandemic: Students’ First-Ever Virtual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

By: Taysha Tiatia This year, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) partnered with Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) to host their annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit for students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. However, due to COVID-19 social-distancing measures, the division had to pivot its efforts in holding an in-person event to ensure a safe and healthy experience …

THE BOLD COLORS OF HEALING

How a mural project led youth-in-custody to express new hope By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Todd Anderson South Salt Lake — “Stay Motivated” is the bold, inspiring message anchoring a new mural decorating the basketball gym at Salt Lake Valley Youth Center, formerly known as the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center. It’s also a personal motto for graffiti artist …

Pathways to Success: 2019 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

Over 1,000 students from 30 different schools arrived to Salt Lake Community College on Monday, October 7th, spreading a feeling of excitement marked by their potential. Instead of taking the bus to school, they took it to one of Utah’s most diverse colleges with 31 percent of the student body being racially diverse and 56 percent being the first in …