Teens Take Charge: Integrate NOW

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  Mar 26 2019 . New York, NY, USA

Teens Take Charge develops young civic leaders to solve the biggest challenges in our education system.

My name is Sokhnadiarra Ndiaye, and I am one of them. I joined Teens Take Charge last summer after Googling “organizations for teens who want to make a difference” because I was tired of hearing, “That’s just the way society is.”

I signed up on their website and was invited to a leadership retreat, where I was surrounded by student leaders who exuded confidence and power. That day marked a shift in the way I lived and viewed life. I learned to question the status quo and that I could help change it. 

Since that day, I have met with Department of Education leaders, presented to groups of other teenagers, spoken on panels, and MC’d a Teens Take Charge event in front of 350 people. I have connected deeply with a part of me that school has tried to suppress. I am now one of the main leaders at Teens Take Charge.

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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Teens Take Charge is a program of The Bell, which is fiscally sponsored by FJC, a 501(c)(3) public charity. As such, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Posted by Catherine Lum