The Partnership for Change Youth Leadership and Engagement Team is pleased to announce our upcoming site visit to Providence, Rhode Island April 7-9. We’ll be exploring innovative approaches to what it means to be a student leader as well as exciting student-centered classroom practices. One day will be spent at Providence’s MET school complex, and the other, and evenings, will be spent exploring some amazing community organizations. More details as they come into focus. One of our greatest priorities is to see diverse groups of students working together for common goals, so that our students can see themselves mirrored in the work they observe and feel inspired to tell the stories and create action upon return.
Even cooler will be the lead role that students, namely BHS students Fardowsa Ibrahim and Emma Galvin, have already taken and will take to create and implement our application process, chose who is attending, and nurture and facilitate experiences along the way. Though our application process has just begun (deadline March 20th) we will be bringing a diverse group with us to Providence and are excited to provide opportunities for students to get to know each other across cultural, racial, and economic boundaries. We see the experience as both an exploration of innovative practice as well as a mini-retreat for the attendees.
In addition, the Partnership’s New American Coordinator, Eric Agnero, himself a former professional journalist, will be accompanying us to film and document our experience. This is beyond exciting. We feel committed to capturing and sharing our learning so that future iterations of our group, as well as the larger community, can benefit and enjoy. Promulgating and disseminating our learning is one of the Partnership’s greatest opportunities and steepest challenges. We think we’re up to it.
More details to come.
But for now, here’s the link to our application. If you are a BHS or WHS student, or know a student who would benefit from the experience, please apply or pass along the word! But don’t delay–the deadline is March 20th!