Opinion

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

Tara Spann

Tara Spann

MENTOR - Chief People and Strategy Officer
Imagine a world where people were not judged or treated differently simply because of who they BE.  Visualize a world free of injustices, free of hate, free of ignorance.  Dream a world of joy, a worl
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Monika Kincheloe & Rachel Murphy

America's Promise Staff
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
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Throughout 2021, youth leaders have been working to create more just and inclusive communities with the support of grants from America’s Promise Alliance’s Power of Youth Challenge.
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Pam Rentz and Sarah Meehan

Youth Authors
Mental health issues, racial disparities and lack of technology access were problematic for New Mexico students prior to COVID-19. And the pandemic exacerbated those complications for students across Albuquerque Public Schools. 
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Radiah Jamil and Kayla Johnson

Youth Authors
Students from Gaffney High School and Ewing Middle School are planning to launch a podcast about mental health challenges, and scheduling meetings with town and county officials to keep the voices of youth at the forefront of decisions that affect them.
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Pam Rentz and Sarah Meehan

Youth Authors
After watching their peers struggle with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of students in Cherokee County, S.C., hope to dispel stigmas around talking about challenges with anxiety, depression, suicide and other mental health conditions.
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Alan Gomez and Pamela Rentz

Youth Authors
With the world gripped by a global pandemic and protests over police brutality raging across the U.S., young adults and teenagers played a significant role in the activism work that defined 2020.
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Radiah Jamil and Kayla Johnson

Youth Authors
A group of Albuquerque teens and young adults have big plans to tackle problems they see in area schools, including a lack of adequate mental health support for students and a school curriculum that does not incorporate enough diversity into assigned readings. 
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Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri

Youth Authors
St. Louis, Missouri -- Feeling safe in school was a problem in Missouri even before the pandemic added the unprecedented element of fear and anxiety of being exposed to a potentially deadly virus. 
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Brie Zeltner and Sarah Gandluri

Youth Authors
For Justin Soyka, the crisis came in middle school. During his 8th grade year, he survived two suicide attempts, and was hospitalized twice before he was able to get help for his depression, ADHD and crippling anxiety.
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Brie Zeltner and Malaya Mason

Youth Authors
St. Louis, MO - More licensed therapists on campus. Requiring parent or guardian participation in all school safety discussions. Implementing “calm rooms” where students can go to center themselves.
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Sophia Garcia

Youth Author
Generation Z - born roughly between the mid 1990s and early 2010s - has already made a name for itself due to its willingness to advocate for myriad social causes, from LGBTQ+ rights, abortion rights, and immigration to environmental consciousness.