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Youth Truth

Youth Truth is a free series of interactive online conversations for young people. These conversations center on exploring reform solutions for systems that affect youth unjustly or promote disenfranchisement. This initiative is led by youth with the purpose of engaging their peers to increase social awareness and use the arts as a vehicle to prompt social change. Youth Truth looks at the music that formed the soundtrack to periods of social change starting in the 1960s, asking participants, “How did we get there? Why did we stay there? Where do we go from here?” Teaching artists and music professionals join participants to share their insights into how music drives, supports, and gives voice to social change during oppressive times.

Ages: 16–24
Available for Young People: NYC, Nationally, and Internationally
Season: Year Round

Learn about Youth Truth

Past and present peer leaders reflect on their experiences with Youth Truth.

Participate in Youth Truth

We invite young people ages 16–24 to participate in this free opportunity and benefit from:
  • a safe space to have open conversations among peers
  • mentorship from music industry professionals
  • interactive artistic experiences
  • personal and professional development in public speaking, relationship building, communication, and social skills

Upcoming events will take place online through Zoom. Text YOUTHTRUTH to 855-234-9801 to sign up. For more information about Youth Truth, email youthtruth@carnegiehall.org.

Contact Us

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 21 from 4 PM–5:30 PM
Friday, June 18 from 4 PM–5:30 PM

Join us for engaging conversation and insight from special guests in the next Youth Truth on Friday, May 21 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM.

Past Guests

Youth Truth peer-led conversations often feature thought leaders from many industries. Some of the past guests have included:
  • David Gray, Co-Head of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Ari Gelaw, A&R Manager at Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Alisa Coleman, Chief Operating Officer at ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
  • Hernán Carvente Martinez, National Youth Partnership Strategist at Youth First Initiative
  • Michelle Burrell, Project Director of Queens Legal Services
  • Andrew Wilkes, Author of Freedom Notes: Reflections on Faith, Justice and the Possibility of Democracy
Youth Opportunity Hubs

Carnegie Hall is a partner in The Door's Youth Opportunity Hub, funded in part by the New York County District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII).

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