Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Be The Change Cross Keys High School!

Today marked our last visit to Cross Keys High School this year, as they prepare for summer break. Cross Keys has always had a very special place in my heart as it was the first school to welcome Student Career Alternatives Program with arms wide open. We've been working with Cross Keys for three years now! I've literally watched these students grow up.

Today we focused on promoting our third annual "Be The Change" Youth Convergence, and we were excited to be joined by several students who helped us hype the convergence to their friends. This year's convergence seems more important, more crucial than years past. There are so many issues effecting youth in Georgia right now that talking up the convergence has become an easy task. All we have to do is mention immigration or education budget cuts and everyone is paying attention, asking how they can get involved. High school students are aware of the injustices that go down every day in our communities, in fact I'd say most students at Cross Keys are down to resist the systems of violence and oppression that control our minds, bodies, and communities. It's often difficult to find a space where youth are given the space to imagine the community they want to live in, the tools to create the community they want, and the freedom to build there own movements.

We hope that this year's convergence can start a lot of those conversations.

Tim Franzen
American Friends Service Committee

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