This Wednesday - An Evening of Art, Music, & Activism

Young Invincibles to Host Discussion Encouraging Youth Civic Engagement in Buffalo

On Wednesday, August 7th (that's tomorrow) Open Buffalo, in coordination with leaders from Young Invincibles and local performers, will present “Involved, Informed, Invincible!” The event will feature an evening of music, dance, and activism and will bring civic tools to a younger audience as part of an initiative to achieve full democratic participation, diversify our community, and achieve meaningful economic opportunity and sustainable wealth creation for people of all ages.

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young Americans between 18 and 34 years of age on issues like higher education, health care, and jobs. Aaron Smith, co-founder and Executive Director, and Jasmine Hicks, State Outreach Coordinator, of Young Invincibles will be discussing tools to engage Buffalo's youth in their talk "The Power of Our Generation: Tools to Open Buffalo."

Complementing the discussion about youth civic engagement, a number of local performers have stepped up to join the effort in #becomingthechange for Buffalo. Some the artists include: Inspirational Soul and Hip-hop singer Drea D'Nur, rapper Quadir Lateef, and the Verve Dance Studio, which will present a dance workshop followed by an interactive performance. A final list of performers will be announced soon. 


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Assembly Members Sean Ryan, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Erie County Commissioner of Environment and Planning Maria Whyte, Erie County Legislator Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, County Legislator Tim Hogues, and representatives from their offices have been invited to attend. 

Photographers and videographers are welcome as the event promises plenty of opportunities for great b-roll footage. Youth policy expert and Young Invincibles Executive Director Aaron Smith will be available for interviews. Please contact Joseph or Colin to schedule an interview. 

Joseph DiDomizio,, 716-830-4419;

Colin Seeberger,, 214-223-2913 


Supported by the Open Society Foundation and the John R. Oishei Foundation.

WHAT: An evening of music, dance, and activism designed to encourage civic engagement of Buffalo’s youth

WHO: Open Buffalo, in coordination with Young Invincibles and local performers

WHERE: Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

WHEN: August 7, 2013 at 6pm