SEPT. 19 @ THe Schomburg Center
After being featured in the New York Times for its April kick-off event, Teens Take Charge returned with an evening of unforgettable student testimony at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. After the opening performances, politicians and school officials joined the students on stage for a candid conversation about the most pressing issues in the New York City public school system. Adult panelists included:
- NY State Assemblyman Michael Blake
- NY State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa
- Department of Education Chief Operating Officer Ursulina Ramirez
- City Council Member Brad Lander
- Young Men's Initiative Executive Director Cyrus Garrett
- District 8 Superintendent Karen Ames.
Official Sponsors and Partners: The Bell, Education Reform Now, JMD Foundation, Handwritten, New York City Education Council Consortium, Organizing for Action, New York, YVote, Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation
April 28 @ THe Bronx Library Center
Our inaugural event featured testimony from a dozen students on educational inequity. Students read open letters, rapped, and performed spoken word poetry before an enthusiastic audience of policymakers, educators, and community members.
The evening's theme was "To Whom it Should Concern," a signal to people in power to pay closer attention to the issues students describe.
Below are a few videos and images from the event.