What is Youth Leading Change?
Youth Leading Change provides spaces in Allegheny County schools that allow for youth to lend voice and plant the seeds of change in education reform. The primary requirement for a YLC classroom or learning space is that the education that occurs is "youth-led and teacher-powered"; promoting the action of youth and teachers as reformers and agents of change.
YLC inspired learning spaces equip youth with the tools they need to investigate and disseminate what they learn to inform their local and global communities. In 2015 - 2016, YLC partners are implementing youth participatory action research practices in the study of: incarceration and drug offenses, education reform, environmental justice, and more!
Youth Leading Change is about the community of people who come together to improve the education that young people are exposed to. Created in 2015 out of a pilot grant through the Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice at Duquesne University YLC inspires to grow into a movement dedicated to youth leadership that is teacher powered in today's schools. Currently funded by The Grable Foundation and The Sprout Fund, YLC has continued to serve as a place for generative change focused on using creative expression for youth activism.
YLC debuted projects during the Remake Learning Network's Week of Remaking during May 9 - May 13th. Held on May 10, 2016 project presentations included documentaries, digital arts, essays, spoken word, and live expressions from 6th - 12th graders at our partner schools. Considered a day of making as well, generative projects answered the question, "How will you disrupt.upset,ignite.transform?"