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The #CenteringStudentVoices web series seeks to elevate student voices and hold space for the community, elected officials, and other stakeholders to hear from students on the issues that impact them directly.

The past year has expedited the need to address a number of challenges in the education system as we know it. Most agree that now is a time to reimagine the face of education. Paramount to this conversation is that of the student voice.

The #CenteringStudentVoices web series seeks to elevate student voices and hold space for the community, elected officials, and other stakeholders to hear from students on the issues that impact them directly. Taking place from February through May, the multimedia series will include student-led conversations on a variety of topics including equity and inclusion, race and racism, and more, complemented with student-driven op-eds, infographics, and other multimedia content.

Live discussions will take place on the second Wednesday of each month*:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (6pm EST)
    "Navigating Current Events: Shaping the Landscape We'll Inherit"
     [video | audio | recap]

    Indianapolis high school students share thoughts and experiences on navigating current events. What has school, life, and work been in Indy and in their neighborhood at this moment in time? How are they and their friends wrestling with the implications of these and ongoing related issues? What impact has it had on their personal wellbeing and post-high school career plans? What could be better, and what do they need and want from our community? What do they need moving forward?

    Facilitator: Amar Patel, Executive Director, Teach For America Indianapolis

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (6pm EST)
    "Co-Owning Our Future: Building Together"

    Youths have ideas and perspectives on how we, as a community and as adults, can better support and empower them. From informing school culture and systems to leading community-wide change efforts, students are stepping up to lead in partnership with adults to create the future they want for themselves. What are some the ways they’re engaging with issues they care about? Why do those issues matter? And where do we need to incorporate more of student voice and leadership in our broader community?

    Facilitator: TBD
     

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021

*Dates are subject to change.

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Topics

Monthly themes and topics will be shaped by community input. The theme for February is "Navigating Current Events." All content will be posted on our social media and included on this page.

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Stay up-to-date and join the conversation on social media by following us at @tfaindy and by using the hashtags #CenteringStudentVoices and #TFAIndy.