Teens Take Charge develops young civic leaders to solve the biggest challenges in our education system.
My name is Toby Paperno, and I am on the leadership team in TTC. I joined Teens Take Charge in September after finding out that NYC has the most segregated school system in America, in the most diverse city in the world.
After researching more into this issue, the safe and privileged bubble I had grown up in burst. I wanted to make a change for all students. So I googled "youth orginizations in NYC" and was instantly drawn into Teens Take Charge.
Since that day, I have met with Department of Education leaders, presented to groups of other teenagers, gave testimony at events, and ran our Media & Marketing, while helping TTC grow as an orginization. I have connected deeply with a part of me that school has tried to suppress. Now I am educated and I know that my voice can make a difference, the youth CAN make a change.
And just remember; School desegregation is cool!
Right now, my peers and I are taking on our biggest challenge yet, and we need your support.
March 26 marks FIVE YEARS since New York was named the most segregated school system in the nation. While our adult leaders have made excuses, we have been designing solutions. Specifically, we created an Enrollment Equity Plan to integrate the city’s 500+ high schools. (To learn more, you should read fellow TTC leader Muhammad Deen’s recent op-ed.)
We are currently leading a 3-month advocacy campaign that challenges Mayor de Blasio to approve our plan. We will continue be relentless in our pursuit, and we will not take no for an answer.
However, just as schools need funding, so does this fight. Chip in to help us with our expenses, and in doing so, send a message to Mayor de Blasio that you will no longer stand for a segregated school system!
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For more about us, visit teenstakecharge.com.