“The voice I'd been hiding for so long holds incredible power to create change. I realized that my lived experiences and struggles had been building up to that moment for me to use them to create change.”
“When I was four years old, I had big dreams to be President of the United States. Through Our Turn, I fight for all of the students who have big dreams, too.”
Schools are no exception to the long-standing impact of institutional racism in our country. White supremacy is in our textbooks, discipline practices, funding formulas, lower expectations, etc. Now is the time for LA Unified to lead the way in creating equitable and just school systems.
We are demanding that the Minneapolis City Council defund Minneapolis Police Department and invest those dollars to create safe and inclusive schools for black and brown students.
We demand Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) give students a voice in teacher evaluations and create a change and improvement to the evaluations of teachers.
Members are asking Denver school district leaders to hire at least one full-time mental health counselor per school, train staff on trauma-informed practices, and hire counselors who reflect the diversity of the student body.
For too long, America’s inequitable education system silenced students’ voices. We’re raising the volume of young people and allies who won’t accept the status quo. Our collective effort is changing schools and communities for the better.
“My hope for LA schools is that they will one day be a place where any student; no matter their background or zip code, will be able to go to receive a quality education.”
“Being a student [here] was really hard. It felt like we didn’t have opportunities and resources. The opportunities that we did get felt very limited and we had to fight for them.”