Opinion

Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth

Sophia Hala Chin

Sophia Hala Chin

Youth Board Member, America’s Promise
Dr. Miguel Cardona has just been confirmed as President Biden’s Secretary of Education in the most diverse cabinet in United States history.
Dennis Vega, Chief Operating Officer, America's Promise Alliance
President and CEO, America's Promise Alliance
Like many, I spent much of Wednesday afternoon transfixed by the coverage of the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Margarida Celestino

Margarida Celestino

Youth Author
To promote meaningful learning during COVID-19, teachers should not try to replicate in-person instruction online. In my experience, the way to promote meaningful learning is to adapt instruction in a way that recognizes the unique circumstances that we’re in.
Jackson Escamilla

Jackson Escamilla

Youth Author
To the students who may not have these adult leaders or mentors readily available to them, I encourage you to reach beyond your comfort zones and find a safe place to be able to make decisions.
Ava President

Ava President

Youth Author
Black students in America are facing an invisible threat that extends beyond the pandemic. This threat is widespread and prevalent, yet not as overt as the threats they face of police brutality and hate crimes.
Leah Franklin

Leah Franklin

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
At 21, I landed a fellowship that I thought would change my life. It was a small group of us.
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Youth Board Member, America's Promise Alliance
Having served on many advisory boards and holding various student government positions, I thought I was an expert in advocating on behalf of youth. But in reading the letters over the past five weeks, my eyes have been opened to the perspectives of youth from across the country. Youth from different age groups, backgrounds, and experiences that all share the desire to be a valued voice in decision-making. In this series, three powerful messages stand out to me.
Benjamin Brady

Benjamin Brady

Youth Author
While COVID-19 has barred me from entering and learning in a school-building-based environment, I still have the resources to learn from home. And just because I’m at home learning in front of a screen doesn’t mean that I can’t have as rich of an educational experience as when I was going to school in-person.
Alexa C.P.

Alexa C.P.

Youth Author
I am a sophomore in high school and a foster youth. My experience in foster care and having to move to multiple schools has prepared me for situations where I need to adapt to rapid changes in my environment. But even so, I was unprepared for the completely new way of learning that is expected of me during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patton Byars

Patton Byars

Youth Author
Understanding the different motivations behind Black Lives Matter, initiatives to defund police, ending foreign wars and even developing more transparency in government should be important to every high school student today. It really is up to our generation to combat this toxic environment and encourage more students to engage in meaningful learning through civil discourse.
Nyché Tyme Andrew

Nyché Tyme Andrew

Youth Author
The adjustment to online school is difficult for all students. I am an AP student with a 4.07 grade point average and at the beginning of the year, I was taking three classes across three different software platforms. The learning curve that came with it was aching...
Brittan Gallo

Brittan Gallo

Youth Author
This piece is part of “Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth,” a four-week series produced in collaboration with The 74 to elevate student voices in the national conversation as schools and districts nav