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Building a safe space for all.
At NYLC, we firmly believe in education equity: fairness, inclusion, and opportunity in education for all. Youth4Education is a youth-led movement to advance education equity through service-learning.
Our mission statement:
Youth4Education™ is a program dedicated to improving school climate by creating safe spaces for vulnerable discussion and turning that discussion into meaningful change through positive youth adult partnerships.
How it works
Young people and their adult allies join together to raise awareness on issues of education equity in their schools and community. Lead Activists form Youth4Education clubs that cultivate action. NYLC staff and Youth Advisory Council members provide support and a network for the clubs from across the country and around the world. Some students will have the opportunity to attend NYLT, a social justice-focused training camp powering a generation of leaders.
Why we do it
To create a safe place for vulnerable discussion: Students and a their adult allies need a place where they can share their own experiences, allow for personal growth and understanding of the effects of education inequity, and share their perspectives in a way that values everyone's voice and ensures they can do so bravely.
To turn discussion into action: Students will help their friends and family understand the issues that are important to them. They will receive the tools and guidance required to sit at the table with their school administration to discuss issues important to them and create a plan of action to make positive change.
To develop positive youth-adult partnerships: Students and adults will learn to interact with each other as equal partners with a shared vision for education equity.
To improve school climate: Students will bridge gaps between each other, their teachers, and their administration - whether racial, economic, or otherwise. They will work to have education recognized as a two-way process.
How to get involved:
NYLC has announced the 2020 Youth4Education Lead Activists! Learn more here.
For more information, or to inquire about forming a Youth4Education group of your own, contact NYLC at Youth4Education@nylc.org.
For more resources on addressing education inequity, check out our handbooks Smart. Youth Solutions to the Achievement Gap and Education Equity: A Service-Learning Handbook for Afterschool Programs.
In addition, check out these great videos that accompany SMART. Youth Solutions to the Achievement Gap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBDvppB8NJY