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10/10/18 — What are our interns doing now? (Part two)

MYSS is not just for the middle school students. Our work has an impact on our undergraduate interns, too! We checked in with a few former interns to see what they’re up to now. Here’s what one former intern, Christina, shared with us: “I hadn’t found a true mentor in CLA before I met Kari, so having her mentorship felt like I had finally found my place in our huge school. She was the bridge between my love for social…

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9/10/18 – What are our interns doing now? (Part one)

MYSS is not just for the middle school students. Our work has an impact on our undergraduate interns, too! We checked in with a few former interns to see what they’re up to now. Here’s what one former intern, Kevin, shared with us: “Because of MYSS, I realized that whichever direction I chose to take with my career path, it would always be connected to working with kids and education.” — Kevin (Special education educator at Harding High School, St.…

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5/10/18 – What Youth Community Engagement Looks Like

I’m sitting in a circle surrounded with four kids. The energy is momentous. One person says one thing and it sparks up a lightbulb in other person, and then their face lights up ready to share their newly brewed thought. They share it and the process repeats over again, and again, steadily building a bonfire fire of ideas that keep us warm, present, and most importantly, connected. This is one way of how community engagement with youth looks and feels…

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4/24/18 – Listening and Leaning In to Youth Voices

By Sammy Miller Instagram handle: @milleravalon I am really excited about the work that the Minnesota Youth Story Squad is doing. What attracted me to this project was the fact that the goal is to give students a platform for their voices to be heard. As a society, there’s a lot of trying to shut down the voices of youth, using things like their age or “inexperience” to invalidate their experiences and opinions. I think especially students who are in…

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4/12/18 – Art! It’s Important!

By Lexus Stokes One of the biggest things that drew me to this opportunity was definitely the art component. The act of creating and viewing art can be a healing, enlightening, and fun process. Art can also challenge us to express ourselves differently and think through communications in a new way. At Northeast Middle School, art allows us to interact with important social justice concepts through a fun and creative outlet. The best part is that art can look like…

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4/11/18 – STEM and Womanhood

By Cali Odeen Growing up I wanted to be a teacher. I was a girl who liked working with and lecturing  kids, always taking the educator role in make pretend games (I was a bit overbearing at that age). Wanting to be a teacher as a young woman in a public school is anything but an uncommon ambition. Think about it, the majority of our role models are women educators; 80% of elementary and middle school teachers are women. However,…

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4/2/18 – “Set the stage, but hand young people the mic.”

By Michelle Abdon Instagram handle: @smabdon There’s this misconception and, quite honestly, missed opportunity that we place on youth. We condition them to believe that their stories only matter when they’re success stories. We give more validity to someone’s opinions and experiences as they get older because we have created a narrative that youth don’t understand the world quite yet. Young people are powerhouses of knowledge. They are the living histories of their ancestors. They are the product of generations of strength…

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3/30/18 – What Brought Me Here

By Sam Thompson When I grow up I want to teach sex education to high school students, my dream is to teach with the Planned Parenthood.  I applied for this internship because I thought it would good to gain some experience in front of a class of students before venturing into the real world.  I love working with children! I have done volunteer child care for over fifteen years, but that could not prepare me for the challenge I embarked…

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5/26/17 – Hear Our Voices

Young people have a terrible reputation for not caring about anything besides themselves. But the real problem might be that adults are not asking them what they care about. So we did. 10,000 Stories asked middle school and undergraduate students “what is important to you” and “what change do you want?” ​ And did they tell us. Youth grabbed the opportunity to name important issues facing their communities — gun violence, pollution, racism, xenophobia, gender inequality, bullying, and homelessness —  and…

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