Children’s Aid Youth Strive to Design the “Perfect School”

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Picture this…a school that you actually looked forward to going to every morning, teachers who are welcoming and encouraging, a place where you know you will be able to grow academically and will surely put you on the right track to GRADUATING college. Students are speaking up and this is what they want. On Thursday, December 9th, approximately 75 middle and high school students, members of The Children’s Aid Society Leadership Programs gathered at I.S. 166 Roberto Clemente School, a Children’s Aid Society Community School. On their agenda…design the “perfect school.” Their ideal school is a place that will help them not only graduate from high school but also graduate from college. The forum was intended to bring together students and elected officials to discuss the issues students face - or witness their peers face - in trying to graduate from high school and attend college. Amongst the panel were Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and Assembly Members Marcos Crespo and Vanessa L. Gibson who have shown great support to the youth of The Children’s Aid Society.Together they came up with possible solutions.

The Youth Council received a My Idea Grant from the America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation Campaign to support this forum series. The forum was organized by teen leaders Rubi Roman and Justice Hatterson led by Children’s Aid staff Lorena Jimenez-Castro, Government Affairs Liaison and Stacey Campo, Director of Youth Development. The students plan to share their recommendations of the “perfect school” with more elected officials.