After that, the students presented their proposals and solutions–ranging from alternatives to community policing, gang violence in neighborhoods, segregation in schools, cyberbullying, and addressing LGBTQ+ stereotypes. One of the groups even came forth with an in-depth policy overview and potential tech venture that would allow law enforcement to recognize the presence of firearms before approaching a vehicle.
I remain impressed and inspired by young people who gather to do something that matters to them and the world.
Motivated high school students demonstrate that young people remain eager and capable of contributing meaningful solutions to the world’s challenges. We should be harnessing that degree of enthusiasm, insight and determination for real-world impacts in more schools, not just in their extracurricular programs. For now, it’s an inspiring reminder to me of what’s possible and happening, though I can’t wait to see this kind of work take a deeper hold in our public schools.