A standing-room-only crowd packed into at Brooklyn Central Library's Dweck Center for our third event, "We Regret to Inform You," which addressed inequities in the high school admissions process, a key driver of high school segregation. Students from across the city shared personal testimony about their experiences going through that process, and the unequal outcomes. But we didn't just focus on the problem. Members of our policy team shared a set of policy proposals that would promote integration by increasing academic diversity across the system. After the policy presentation, student and adult leaders discussed the enrollment issues in depth and agreed to take action to address them.

Big thanks to our adult panelists:

  • Panel for Education Policy Member April Chapman
  • City Council Member Brad Lander
  • Community Service Society Youth Policy Director Lazar Treschan

Check out the press the event received:

EdWeek | | Chalkbeat | Long Island Report 

SEPT. 19, 2017 @ THe Schomburg Center 

After being featured in the New York Times for our April kick-off event, we returned with an evening of unforgettable student testimony at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. 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
  • NYC 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 PartnersThe Bell, Education Reform Now, JMD Foundation, HandwrittenNew York City Education Council ConsortiumOrganizing for Action, New York, YVoteAlliance 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.

 Teens Take Charge members discuss educational inequity during an all-student panel at the launch event April 28 in the Bronx.

Teens Take Charge members discuss educational inequity during an all-student panel at the launch event April 28 in the Bronx.