Youth Voices of the Roanoke Valley

On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 a press conference was held at the CoLab in historic Grandin Village announce the launch of Youth Voices of the Roanoke Valley. This collaborative endeavor aims to provide multiple platforms for youth to engage in vital community conversations about important topics. These events were developed with a focus on ensuring our community’s future is shaped and informed by youth.

The first event is the Youth Summit hosted by the Roanoke Youth Services Board. The Youth Summit is an opportunity for our youth to be involved, informed and engaged with civic and community leaders that value their voice and opinion. It is open to middle and high school students and their parents. It will cover topics such as relationship building, self-awarness, time management, and internet safety. The Youth Summit will be held at William Fleming High School on September 9, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.

The next event is the first ever Youth (X)po, an event hosted by CityWorks (X)po. The event will feature speakers and skills training to empower area youth to get engaged in community issues and become citizens of their community. It focuses on the ideas of community development and place making, similar to CityWorks (X)po. It will be held at the CoLab Roanoke on November 4, 2017 and is open to high school students.

The third event is Speak Up, hosted by Points of Diversity and United Way of Roanoke Valley. Speak Up is a storytelling and dialogue event for youth to discuss the topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity in our community. It is open to high school students and will be held on February 24, 2018, location TBD.

The final event will be Global Youth Service Day, led in the Roanoke Valley by Family Service of Roanoke Valley. Global Youth Service is organized worldwide by Youth Service America and is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions of youth 365 days a year. Youth and families are able to volunteer over the weekend of April 20-23, 2018. A celebration will be held afterward to celebrate the service that youth provide our community. Location and activities TBD.

Additional information about all four events can be found at