Opinion

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

Vishnu Karthik

Vishnu Karthik

Youth, Author
This is the fourth piece in a four-part series exploring how race and identity affect feelings of belonging at work, and how employers can respond and support their diverse workforce.
TYCELY WILLIAMS
Chief Development Officer, America's Promise Alliance
Like most Americans, I love treasured summer traditions. Beginning on the Fourth of July, I wrap as much fun, food, and fireworks in red, white, and blue as creatively possible.
Nadia Hernandez
DEI Senior Project Associate, Communities in Schools National Office
This is the third piece in a four-part series exploring how race and identity affect feelings of belonging at work, and how employers can respond and support their diverse workforce.
Deshaun Rice

Deshaun Rice

Associate, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, America's Promise Alliance
This is the second piece in a four-part series exploring how race and identity affect feelings of belonging at work, and how employers can respond and support their diverse workforce.
Victor Alexander Terry

Victor Alexander Terry

Vice President Public Affairs, & Chief Diversity Officer, State Farm
This is the first piece in a four-part series exploring how race and identity affect feelings of belonging at work.
Deepshika Muruganathan
Student, Columbia University
For many South Asian immigrant youth, at least those around my age, Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix stand-up comedy film Homecoming King felt like a breath of fresh air and a scream into the megaphone that many of us have longed for. In a brutally honest and raw form, Minhaj used storytelling and satire to highlight the emotions and experiences that many of us face in school, our homes, and communities. The parts of us that feel weird, lonely, and buried were amplified and transformed into a collective roar of “this is who we are, and it cannot be ignored.” 
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.
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.