- Development of an Action Plan for Building Social Justice in Southwestern Pennsylvania
- A major Youth Leading Change event for 350 young people on Thursday, October 13
- Keynote address by renowned environmental, social justice, and Native American rights activist Winona LaDuke
- The five-day, multi-theater Building Change Film Festival
- The 7 Pathways of Change Arts Show
- A Regional Champions of Change Awards presentation and ceremony
- An eclectic mix of entertainment
- Region-wide Internship Fair
- Grassroots Grantees Recognition event
Additional activities include workshops, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, and plenary sessions on a wide range of issues such as Labor; Disability Rights; Economic Empowerment; Environmental Sustainability; LGBTQ Advocacy; Peace/Human Rights; Racial Equity; and Women, Youth and Families.
To make this event as accessible as possible for people of all means, we have kept the price very low at $5-$10. And, we have a limited number of free "scholarships" for which people with limited budgets can apply. Also, we are arranging bus and van transportation from the nine outlying counties in the region. Convergence attendees are free to tour the History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum after attending their chosen workshop(s) ($12 value).
People will take part in this Convergence in several ways, including participating on an appropriate forum panel, co-presenting in a workshop, co-sponsoring in return for a range of benefits and premiums, tabling at the event to distribute information about their services and work, attending the workshops and panels of their choice, and engaging with the many young people who will be signing up for community service projects and internships.
This event presents many opportunities for networking and involvement, including tabling, sponsorship, presenting, serving on a discussion panel, and participating in relevant workshops and skill building sessions.