“I have almost always found that children are a great deal more reliable in telling us what actually goes on in public school than many of the adult experts who develop policies that shape their destinies.”
— Jonathan Kozol, Author of Savage Inequalities

May 14, 2019 – Teens Take Charge leaders Sophie Mode and Tiffani Torres examine present-day school segregation at The Atlantic’s 2019 Education Summit.


May 1, 2019 – TTC leader Sokhnadiarra Ndiaye and student leaders from Integrate NYC and ASAP testify at the City Council hearing on school segregation.

Dec. 7, 2017 – Teens Take Charge leaders testified before the City Council to encourage the city move faster to promote integration across the school system.


Below is a selection of letters and poems we've written about our experiences in the New York City public school system. As we continue to grow and host more events, we will be adding new voices and perspectives here. Please share our stories with your friends, families, and colleagues – and on social media using the hashtag #teenstakecharge.

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