For our final show of the semester, we’ll feature young voices.
EricaSollazzo shares with us her story of how one teacher broadened her horizons and taught her to love literature. Sollazzo’s essay is this year’s Red Brick Voices Contest winner. Red Brick Voices is The Public Thinktank’s national competition for K-12 students to share insights from their school experiences. Sollazzo is a senior at Poly Prep Country Day School.
GabrielWelch, AnthonyChapman, and ReckoFloyd discuss their documentary on the phase-out at their Brooklyn public high school. The phase-out was a process in which the struggling school’s classes and resources were shuffled around or eliminated. As the boys told me, the families of the school were not adequately informed about the process, and it was difficult for many students. The documentary they made with Global Kids provided a chance for them to capture this story, and to share it eventually with lawmakers.
Global Kids is an organization that works with urban youth to educate and inspire them to become successful students and global citizens. To learn more, visit their website at globalkids.org.
Finally, we’ll listen to interviews with AnthonyColon, founder of Kids of New York, and with Carlos Melendez and Christian Kronsted, two of the young men who won in Kids of New York’s breakdancing competition last spring. We end with judge Peaches Rodriguez, who tells us what it was like to be one of the first girl breakdancers back in the day. To find out more, check out kidsofnewyork.org. (This piece was edited by PT contributor Alexis Callender.)
What the kids are talking about…. coming up.
Music on today’s show by Paul Brill, Cirkestra, and Evil Art Form.