Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth
August 22, 2016
August 08, 2016
I thought if I let a little time pass the sadness, fear, anger and frustration that has surrounded me since learning of the events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas would dissipate a bit.
I just needed a little break in the clouds so my emotions wouldn’t be so raw and my thoughts could become clearer. That didn’t happen. I’m as raw as when I first heard the news and perhaps even more angry and frustrated.
June 29, 2016
I was sixteen years old when I came to Boston from Colombia to reunite with my family after spending over 20 years apart from each other. I was a recent immigrant youth struggling with speaking English, navigating the education system, and finding a sense of belonging to my new community. It felt like starting all over again.
June 23, 2016
The first person I told about my family’s eviction in 2010 was my junior prom date, Kevin. As supportive and wonderful as my teachers and counselors were in high school, I was scared that the moment would define me and that telling them would cause something bad to happen—what exactly, I’m not sure—but I was scared. I was embarrassed. And so I held it in.
June 16, 2016
Faulty reasoning is often used as the rationale for suspending students. Here are some common arguments:
June 16, 2016
It may be your daughter’s best friend. It may be the captain of the football team. It may be the new student who just transferred in. It may be the one who has lived in your neighborhood for as long as you can remember. What we know is that the vast majority of public schools serve at least one student experiencing homelessness. In fact, the average public school has 14 students facing this crisis.
June 14, 2016
When I tell people I’m graduating in May, the first question they ask is “What do you want to do?” or “What’s next?” I don’t know the answer, and I’ve come to terms that it’s OK not to know.
For the second time in 22 years, I get to decide what to do with my life. It’s not something I should be afraid of or nervous about. I should be excited because I know I can get through it because I’ve done it before.
June 09, 2016
Every day, my colleagues and I share and read studies, news reports and op-eds written by experts in the field, and I love reading them. And yet, I often find myself learning the most from pieces written by young people themselves—the real experts not just on education, but on all the issues that concern them and have an impact on their lives.
June 09, 2016
June 01, 2016
The campaign’s focus is on narrowing graduation gaps for all subgroups. This summer, we’re starting by focusing on two groups of students with a long way to go to reach 90 -- English-language learners and homeless students. And we need your help.
May 30, 2016
“As a student, I’m told where I need to go, but not how to get there. What kids like me really need is guidance. We need a community that is supportive and open to students. We need a community that understands that most kids are very eager to learn and are desperately waiting for inspiration to ignite within themselves.”