Family Festival
Kansas City Missouri
June 13th & 14th, 2009
                                               JUNETEENTH 2009 YOUTH EXPLOSION

The Juneteenth 2009 Youth Explosion mission is to engage a community of youth through education and
physical activity. These activities are used to engage youth into embracing the positive values shared in the
African American community.  The overarching goal is to help youth learn about a heritage of which they can be
proud.  With this understanding, the youth will be strengthened to continue engaging in positive activities. The
primary focus of the educational activities is not only to emphasize the reason Juneteenth is being celebrated
but additionally promote an understanding of the physical, emotional and intellectual strengths of African
Americans used to endure, survive and thrive.      

Some activities allow youth to use their creativity to express their heritage through the arts and physical
expression (dance and athletic contests). Each activity has an educational theme to promote the positive beliefs
and values embraced by the African American community. The educational activities target youth ages 15-24.


Freedom Skit (FS) - An African American Family Receives News of Freedom

Educational Theme: Our Strengths Our Survival

Overview: This program highlights some of the occurrences African Americans had to endure once arriving from
Africa.  It also depicts the strengths and strategies African Americans devised to ultimately, overcome the
circumstances of the day.  

Juneteenth Village (JV) - African American History 1700-1900 Educational Tour

Educational Theme:

Overview: This program/project highlights some of the occurrences African Americans had to endure once
arriving from Africa.   This educational tour consists of a different black history lessons that will be taught via,
story tellers.

Educational Games (EG)
Jeopardy Black History Trivia (JBH) (Saturday)
Jeopardy Bible Trivia (JBT) (Sunday)

Educational Theme: Know the Past, Know Yourself

Overview: This program/project is a fun way to test biblical and African Americans history. The game is based
on the rules of jeopardy.  There will be several teams set up to compete in different divisions    

Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth (MMJ)

Educational Theme: Ordinary but Extraordinarily People

Overview: The purpose of this event is to highlight local individuals that exemplify the virtues (Virtues are the
essence of the human spirit and the content of our character) which helped African Americans endure and
overcome the oppressive societal forces.  The essence of this event is to highlight and honor those who people
who have done or are doing things in the community, neighborhood, school or faith home and use them as
examples to young people as to what to strive for in their life’s journey.  


Greek Council of Sororities and Fraternities (GC)

Educational Theme: Education is the Key to Freedom

Overview: This activity highlights the rise of these institutions.  The participants will learn of the purpose these
institutions of the occurrences African Americans had to endure once arriving from Africa.  It also depicts the
strengths and strategies African Americans devised too ultimately, it shows the strength of African Americans to
not only survive, but to thrive in the world that was not welcoming of their humanity.  The backdrop for this
educational tour consists of ten Shanties (safe houses- like the Underground Railroad) that are set up; in each
shanty, a different black history lesson will be taught via, story tellers.  A Guide will lead the participants towards
freedom to the north.

Free Masons (FM)

Educational Theme: Freedom isn’t Free

Overview: This activity highlights one of the successful adaptations African Americans had created to overcome
oppressive societal forces faced by after they were newly freed.  

Double Dutch (DD)

Educational Theme: Double the Education, Double the Fun

Overview: We will double up on educating and arming our youth with the tools needed to fight and survive


Dodge Ball (DB)

Educational Theme: Dodging Violence

Overview: This activity will educate our youth on how to dodge and move out of the way of violence.

Kickball (KB)

Educational Theme: Kickin’ it without getting Kick’d

Overview: Youth are inundated with negative messages that include unhealthy ways to have fun. Many youth
begin to entertain the thought of self-medication/ drug use is not only common, but acceptable. This activity will
introduce the youth to activities that will allow them to engage in activities that can bring joy.


African Dance (AD)

Educational Theme: Yesterday’s African Customs is Today’s American Culture

Overview: This activity is will educate youth on the contribution of African Americans to todays cultural through
dance and the arts.


3-3 Basketball (BB)

Educational Theme: Bouncing Back through Adversity

Overview:  This activity will be used to teach youth how to defend, define and be definite about what is wanted
in the African American community.  The youth will be taught to defend the community against negative factors,
such as drugs, gangs and violence that are present in the community. It will emphasize defining a healthy mind,
body and soul keeps them from riding the bench. Finally the youth will need to understand that they have to be
definite about creating a positive life path.
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