Good news: Building supportive classrooms with youth voice
Young people’s voices shaping supportive educational communities
It’s a new school year and we are working at full-speed to help educators create positive learning environments for all students—see the highlights from YC below.
Elevating youth voices to build inclusive classrooms
“Who’s In My Classroom? is a must-read for teachers and more importantly for any professional who is trying to figure out what it means to create equitable, engaging learning environments that allow young people to be their full selves…”
Co-Founder and Senior Fellow,
The Forum for Youth Investment
Helping teachers form strong relationships through SEL curricula that center young people’s experiences
Current and former teen writers named finalists in prestigious awards
Former YC writer Desiree Bailey is a National Book Award finalist in the poetry category for What Noise Against the Cane. Her poems explore the Haitian Revolution and “political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration, and the realities of Black life in America.”
Teen writer K.G.’s story, “Interventions Helpful and Not” is a finalist for the Media for a Just Society award. The annual award honors media that excel in illustrating our social systems’ current realities or the promise of reform. The national awards are presented by Evident Change (formerly the National Council on Crime and Delinquency).
Summer writers publish new stories on racism, to be shared with tens of thousands of readers
|Twelve teen writers in our 42nd Annual Summer Writing Workshop met to focus on a timely theme: racism in the U.S. With guidance from their editors, they wrote stories and had rich discussions about their lived experiences and the issues they face. The writers interviewed Meisha Porter, the new New York City schools chancellor (pictured above) about how to create more inclusive schools. We look forward to sharing their stories with tens of thousands of readers this year. Their voices shed light on the way racism and inequality affect young people’s educational aspirations and opportunities.|