Global Press Freedom Student Summit – New York City

*PLEASE NOTE: The event will take place in the Trustees Room on the 3rd floor of Central Library. For a map of the library, please visit here.

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PEN America is teaming up with Brooklyn Public Library, Student Press Law Center, and Teens for Press Freedom this June to host our first-ever Global Press Freedom Student Summit! This unique after-school program will include thematic workshops and activities facilitated by advocacy professionals and student leaders to help equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand global press freedom issues and fight against censorship and disinformation locally, nationally, and beyond!


This event is open to students in any level of high school and is free to attend. Dinner will be provided. Capacity is limited so register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].





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Teen Initiatives Project Manager, Brooklyn Public Library

Agatha German Headshot

Agatha German

Co-Director, Teens for Press Freedom

Pratika Katiyar Headshot

Pratika Katiyar

Board Member, Student Press Law Center

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Nicholas Perez

Program Manager, Free Expression and Education, PEN America

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Peris Tushabe

Program Coordinator, Free Expression and Education, PEN America

Sofia Williams

Co-Director, Teens for Press Freedom








Ice Breaker and Welcome from Brooklyn Public Library



Workshop: Global Press Freedom in 2023 with PEN America



Workshop: Press Freedom in the United States and the Roles of Student Journalists and Activists with the Student Press Law Center and Teens for Press Freedom



Dinner and Poster Making Activity



Action Stations with Brooklyn Public Library, PEN America, Student Press Law Center, and Teens for Press Freedom



Group Photo and Closing







 Brooklyn Public Library: It is the mission of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) to ensure the preservation and transmission of society’s knowledge, history, and culture, and to provide the people of Brooklyn with free and open access to information for education, recreation, and reference. Check out BPL’s website to find more information about library services, special events, internships, and other opportunities for teens and young adults. Get involved with peers across the country by joining the virtual Intellectual Freedom Teen Council (IFTC). Subscribe to the monthly BKLYN Future e-newsletter. And follow @bklynfuture on Instagram for current info on teen programs, book recommendations, and further happenings from BPL.


logo for Student Press Law CenterStudent Press Law Center: The Student Press Law Center promotes, supports, and defends the First Amendment and free press rights of student journalists and their advisers. Founded in 1974, SPLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., serving students and advisers throughout the United States through a free legal hotline and other educational programs and resources. For more on SPLC’s advocacy efforts and developments in student press freedom, subscribe to SPLC’s weekly newsletter.


Teens for Press Freedom logoTeens for Press Freedom: Teens for Press Freedom (TPF) is a national, youth-led organization dedicated to defending journalists and promoting factual literacy among youth. With increasing distrust in credible sources and an influx of fake news on social media, it’s crucial to educate young people on how to be smart, active consumers. TPF was founded in 2020 after cofounders Charlotte Hampton and Isabel Tribe attended the PEN America Summer Free Speech Advocacy Institute. TPF holds weekly open forum workshops to discuss press freedom issues and releases a weekly news blast to connect youth with accessible, verifiable information. TPF also advocates for the passage of legislation aimed at reviving local news and protecting the free press in America. Check out their website, subscribe to their newsletter, and follow them on Instagram at @teensforpressfreedom and on Twitter at @teensforpress.