I recently learned about a group called Teens Leading the Way. TLTW is a teen-led state wide group that understands that providing lasting opportunities for youth is important for the advancement of our communities through the creation of an educated civically engaged workforce. By organizing to create a voice for youth, TLTW provides healthy alternatives to street violence, works to resolve issues of great importance to today’s youth and kick-starts a lifetime of civic involvement in disadvantaged communities.
TLTW’s latest campaign is making civics a graduation requirement in Massachusetts’s high schools. This initiative will provide young people in schools across the state with an Opportunity to Learn on how to use their power to organize and influence policy makers in their communities and in the state to improve the education systems. This is an exercise that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
On February 24th the young activists will be part of a rally to the State House to urge our Legislators to continue funding for youth summer jobs. After the rally takes place they will meet at 30 Winter Street to strategize on how to make the civics education legislation a reality. I am excited to be part of this effort and if you believe like me that civics should be an important part of our education curriculum please contact Geoff Foster from UTEC to get involved with this campaign.