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Welcome to the Program Guide for Celebrating the Power of Youth here at John F. Kennedy High School, Dec. 2-13, 2019. Let us take you through each aspect of the events, exhibitions, and celebrations as we approach 2020.


There are three exhibitions on display at JFK High School running from December 2nd through the 13th. The exhibits were produced in conjunction with several community organizations, collaborating on promoting public awareness about children and teens, the role of artists as mentors for the enrichment of lives, and the power of ordinary people to achieve victory over violence in all its forms. They are sponsored by CCJA, ICAP, JFK, SGI, and the UN (see SPONSORS section below for more info). These three exhibits each highlight an important element of celebrating the power of youth by promoting awareness and activism.


CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE – SGI-USA has created this exhibit to illustrate some of the points in the UN resolution and to create dialogue about the rights of children throughout the world. We hope that people of all ages can learn from this exhibit and from one another. Together we can foster safe, healthy, and happy children—the leaders of tomorrow.


ARTISTS AS MENTORS – A mentor is a trusted friend, a teacher, an experienced person who encourages us to do our best, to achieve more than we may believe we can. Many successful people give credit to key people who have helped them on their way. The mentor-protégé relationship can be one of the most important in our lives. In this exhibit are a few examples of people who have led and continue to lead the way for others. There are thousands more. Are there people who have helped you whom you want to thank? Are there people to whom you need to reach out a hand?


VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE – The VOV campaign envisions a global movement of ordinary people becoming the driving force for building the culture of peace through dialogue and action in their daily lives. Mission: To inspire people, especially young people, to identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives, homes, schools, and local communities through awareness, introspection, individual empowerment, and a creative commitment to dialogue and action.

The VOV campaign is for anyone who believes that the world should be less violent.





Wednesday, Dec. 4

Event: Introduction and Guided Tour of the Exhibits

Guide: Rob Acker (CU Succeed)

Location: Main Lobby and Library

Description: Come join us as we kick off the exhibition and celebration series! Rob Acker will personally introduce the exhibits, their purpose, why they are important for the community and world at large, and finally, why it all matters. We’re also excited to welcome our visiting 8th graders today and we hope to have an excellent attendance for what should be a fantastic two-week celebration of the Power of Youth!


Friday, Dec. 6

Event: Our New Clear Future: Evoking Humanity and Laying to Rest Nuclear Arms

Keynote Speaker: Rob Acker (CU Succeed)

Location: Library

Description: “Our New Clear Future” is a movement to empower each individual in society, especially youth, to develop a united vision for a world without nuclear weapons. Whether for or against this, we encourage you to come and participate to not only educate yourself about the present situations regarding nuclear weapons, but also to engage in dialog with others to expand our perspectives and understandings of the issues, opinions, and feelings we all share concerning this. Can we possibly choose to create a world free of nuclear weapons and the threat of ultimate annihilation?



Monday, Dec. 9

Event: Climate Change and Personal Activism: How YOU CAN Make a Difference!

Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Donaldson (JFK)

Location: JFK Lobby

Description: Climate change is the most pressing social and political issue of our times, and yet it still feels like it’s not being taken seriously; let’s change that. Come join us as Ms. Lindsay Donaldson, the advisor to the environmental club, its members and others, as we tackle the enormous problems associated with climate change and global warming; yet, emerge reassured that each of us can make an incredible contribution toward mankind embracing renewable energy and zero carbon emissions. What can you do to make a difference? Find out today!


Tuesday, Dec. 10

Event: Celebrating Youth Through Music

Keynote Speaker: Joe Anderies, (ICAP / CCJA)

Location: JFK Lobby – Main Entrance

Description: Music and the Arts have long carried associations with social change and mentorship. ICAP (International Committee of Artists for Peace)’s Jazz Ambassadors Program, and CCJA (Colorado Conservatory of Jazz Arts)’s Near Peer Mentors Program, are initiatives you may or may not have heard of, but nonetheless have made an important impact on people’s lives. Join us for this exciting session where we will explore some of these amazing and sometimes little-known organizations and groups that have had major impacts on social issues and problems in our modern world. We will explore music and the arts, as well as the role of mentorship, and its relationship to world peace and community transformation as well as the breaking down of walls through music and the arts. Musical performances will be an integral part of the event. Please come join us!


Wednesday, Dec. 11

Event: CU Succeed, The Future Center, and the Benefits of Going to College

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Walsh (UCD)

Location: JFK Lobby

Description: CU Succeed courses at JFK offer the real experience and credit that come along with taking a college course, and even come free of charge as a benefit of the school so long as academic standards are maintained. Join Rob Acker and Marsha Walker of CU Succeed, Ambria Merriex of DSF and the Future Center, along with Dr. James Walsh of the CU Denver Department of Political Science, as we educate about the benefits of college. More specifically, we will be looking at the advantages of the courses and resources available at JFK as well as with DSF and the future center, the value and benefit our disciplines bring to mankind, and hosts of other topics. Join us today for an enlightening and engaging experience you won’t forget!



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Friday, Dec. 13

Event: Workshop and Dialog on Victory Over Violence

Keynote Speaker: Special Guest Speakers TBA

Location: JFK Library

Description: What is Victory Over Violence, and why does it matter in our world of increasingly regular mass shootings? Over 1.2 million people have signed the pledge since its initiative following the tragic Columbine massacre in April of 1999. Come find out, educate yourself, and identify the root causes of violence in our societies and communities, then launch your own movement toward dialogue, initiative, peace, and activism. Join us to dialog and discuss together feelings about school shootings, how we deal with them, and eventually help to overcome this trend and achieve a true victory over violence!




CCJA – COLORADO CONSERVATORY FOR JAZZ ARTS – – The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts is dedicated to empowering youth to creatively express themselves through the language of jazz. CCJA gives young musicians life-changing musical experiences through mentorship by the region’s most sought-after professional jazz musicians. Our students experience personal and artistic grown through participation in small ensembles, big bands, vocal ensembles, jazz instruction camps, jam sessions, clinics, community performances, and much more.

ICAP – INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF ARTISTS FOR PEACE – – The International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) is an organization founded by visionary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Duffy, Pascual and Angela Olivera to create a culture of peace and develop future peacemakers through the transformative power of the arts. Since 2002, ICAP has sponsored concerts, iChoose musicals, exhibits, dialogues and peace-building workshops to instill the ideals of humanism and nonviolence in today’s youth. It is our cherished goal to expand our circles of friendship and collaborative efforts in support of the United Nations Declaration and Program of Action toward a Culture of Peace.

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL – – JFK is a safe environment where staff, families, and the community are committed to supporting all scholars in achieving academic and personal excellence. Scholars are empowered to meet future challenges, develop a positive character, and be active and informed citizens in our global community.


SGI – SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL – – As a non-governmental organization the Soka Gakkai International works toward the principles of peace, culture and education. Engaged in grass-roots efforts the SGI works together with many organizations to promote humanistic principles.


UN – UNITED NATIONS – – The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. The United Nations: Peace and Security, Sustainable Development, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Assistance.

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