Everyone knows that America’s public school system is a mess. But can you imagine how much better it would be if students played a much bigger role in creating educational policy? Can you imagine how much equitable our schools would be if every student, no matter their race or class background, had an equal voice?
The Youth Activism Project is committed to building a country where students are considered the education experts.
We have two opportunities that you can get connected to:
Join Our National Movement for Education Equity
It’s a tough time for students across the country. COVID-19 has been posing new challenges to education and mental health and the crises regarding police brutality and racial injustice have taken a toll on all of us, Black students especially.
Building on the long history of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students fighting for education justice in this country, the Education Justice Collective—a coalition of youth-driven organizations—is launching a new movement to meet these new challenges. Now more than ever, it’s critical that students to rise up and make sure that we don’t go back to business as usual.
Click here to join the Education Justice Collective.
Fight De Facto Segregation in Montgomery County, Md.
Last year, students in MCPS successfully fought for an analysis of the school boundaries as a way to end de facto segregation and unequal resource distribution in their school system. But now that the analysis is happening, a lot of wealthy parents in the community have been fighting it. The students have fought so hard for this analysis—it’s time for their movement to be stronger than ever.
Join the first county-wide student-led group working on this issue, Students Toward Equitable Public Schools. Click here to sign a letter for the Board of Education to state your support for the districtwide boundary analysis and join STEPS at the same time!