NYLC is excited to announce that 22 young people from across the country and the world have been selected as Lead Activists who will use their passion to take action on issues of educational inequity in their home communities.
Lead Activists are key contributors in the Youth4Education campaign ̶ a youth solution to end educational inequity. Youth4Education is advocating that young people themselves take an active role in their education, and that service-learning can help youth make positive change in their communities.
The Youth4Education Lead Activists, ages 15-21, will attend the National Youth Leadership Training this July in Sandstone, Minn. The week-long training provides opportunities for adventure, self-discovery, cultural exchange, leadership-building, and service. Students arrive onsite for the summer training with a range of leadership experiences and leave with the ability to work together with people of different races, ethnicities, genders, geographies, and socioeconomic backgrounds; allies to support their leadership development and service-learning action plan; the tools and knowledge to create equitable change in their communities; motivation to take civic action for the common good; and an enhanced awareness of the issues that drive educational inequity. Then, they will return home to implement a service-learning project that addresses educational inequity in their school communities.
“NYLC is excited to work with this group of young leaders throughout the 2015-16 school year,” said NYLC Chief Marketing Officer Amy Meuers. “These young people are passionate individuals who understand that their voice needs to be heard. We are honored that they will share their voice through the Youth4Education campaign.”
There are 76 million youth in America under the age of 18. How many have been given a voice in their own education? It’s time for youth to share their solutions and for adults to listen.
To learn more about Youth4Education and to take the pledge visit youth4education.org