An Indianapolis Public Schools student is taking action to open up new opportunities to his peers through a thought-provoking public event. Influential members of our community are gathering at Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School for a pair of open discussions with students. “The Map is Not the Territory” is a series of student-hosted panels centered on key issues currently impacting young people in Indianapolis.

Leaders in local government will join journalists ​and other representatives of the community for conversations on issues of great value to our students. Discussion points include public safety and the justice system, education, LGBT rights and racial inequalities relating to freedom.

“I want people to understand that even without shackles, not everyone is free,” said event organizer and Gambold Prep Junior Jalen V. “People are still oppressed in their own unique ways today.” Jalen arranged this event as a community service project enabling students to gain insight from decision makers in their community and to network with people they might not meet in their daily lives.

The summit will take place on Friday, February 20, and Friday, February 27. Both discussions will be in the Gambold Prep media center from 12:20 – 1:10 p.m.

February 20th speakers include Indianapolis Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs, WRTV anchor Ericka Flye and IUPUI Professor Dr. Margaret Ferguson. Panelists slated for February 27th include Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, FOX59 anchor Fanchon Stinger, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Wignall and Ivy Tech Professor Alphonso Atkins.