Who we are
We are a group of college students with a passion for activism and education. We envision a future where every person, regardless of age or socioeconomic status, has the knowledge, skills, and motivation to shape the world. In order to achieve this, we aim to provide fellows with tools and skills so that they can create the world they want to live in.
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A letter from the founder
To all prospective fellows, a note about my motivations for creating this project:
I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, for it is my belief that education can change the world. In the last few years, however, I’ve been much more involved in activist work as well as education, and I found myself uncomfortable with education as I experienced it. Traditional education left me feeling that I did not have power as a young person, and that I could only address the issues that concerned me once I had certain requisite skills under my belt. And yet, once I built those skills, I realized that I still didn’t have any clue how to go about making change. It was only when I started studying activism formally that I felt more equipped to start to address systemic problems in our society. And I realized that it was not my age that kept me from knowing how to be as active in change-making as I wanted to, but traditional education. (In fact, as we are seeing now, and as we will learn about in the course, young people have often spearheaded monumental changes.)
And so, I thought, what if we change education so that it is designed to help young people realize their power? What if we create curricula that can help young people build a toolkit that allows them to address the problems that most concern them? Inspired by Breakthrough Providence’s social justice curriculum, I saw how that could be the case, and have created the Youth Social Change Fellowship (YSCF) as a way to combine education and activism.
Because of Covid-19, I decided to take the year off from school (I’ll return next year to Brown University as a junior), and I am using this year as an opportunity to create and launch this project. The Fellowship, a discussion and action group for young people, is a curriculum and discussion group that combines education and social change, teaching young people why and how to get involved with change-making in their communities and beyond. The course is modeled after a few courses I have taken at Brown––Investigating Modes of Social Change and Writing for Activists––as well as Breakthrough’s curriculum. My hope is that this course will help young people go out into the world and build a better society for all of us.
I am so excited to get to work on this project, as it is my way of creating change. I am now reassured in my faith that education can change the world, if education is focused on youth power. I am excited to have found my power--a combination of education and activism––and I hope you’ll join me in discovering your own.
Meet the team
My name is Arden, and I am a Brown University student studying English and Education. I have worked as an educator in various capacities for many years for students from K-12. In addition to my teaching work, I have done a lot of activism, working towards climate and racial justice. I have learnt a lot about activism from my work and from classes in the past two years, and want to share my knowledge to increase the number of people we have working to make change.
Hi! I’m Ding, a junior from Brown University studying mathematical physics and computer science. Being an active member of my local community has always brought me joy and helped me grow, and I realize now more than ever the importance of fostering community mobilization. It’s therefore my distinct pleasure to support YSCF’s mission and help spread the message that one can contribute to their own community and society regardless of their age.
First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steven, and I am currently incarcerated in Carson City, Nevada. I am very excited and looking forward to getting involved. My ultimate goal is to help make a change for the better. Even in my current situation, I refuse to be silent, so why should you? I can't wait to put all of our heads together and see what to come up with. They say two heads, or in our case, multiple heads, are better than one. So the possibilities are endless. I look forward to working with you all.
Hello! I'm Lauren I'm a junior from Stonehill College studying computer science and art. I love organizations that support youth activism, environmental change an equal justice for all. I hope that my artistic contributions can facilitate spreading the word about these organizations.
I am from India, but I currently live in St-Andrews, Scotland where I am studying Sustainable development and Geography. I am deeply passionate about activism and community work so facilitating for Arden was a no-brainer. I am really excited to learn more and for the future of this project.
My name is Teddy Whiteman and I am a junior at Notre Dame studying Theology and Philosophy (from Connecticut). I am facilitating this program so that I can both learn from students and teach them how to become great activists
Hi! I'm Cole, a student at Amherst College studying Mathematics and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I became an activist largely because of my teachers in high school, who always pushed me to imagine a better world rather than settling for what we've got. I'm working with the YSCF to give that hope and drive to other young folks and remind them that they have the power to change things for the better.
Hello! I’m Marian and I’m a student from Carrboro High School. I wanted to be apart of YSCF because I am interested in activism and I want to pass on information I get so people are more educated about it.
Hello! My name is Ruby, and I am a student at the American International School of Budapest. I believe that education and leadership are key components in growing future activists. I am incredibly excited to facilitate on behalf of YSCF and wish to inspire my generation to step into the world of activism. I intend to match my students' excitement and drive in this course.
My name is Johara and I'm a 9 year old girl from Denver, CO who is interested in changing our world. When the pandemic started, I created my own front yard story time to help kids connect and learn at home because our school year started online. I wanted to help younger kids in my neighborhood have to a chance to read together. For my birthday, I created a fundraiser for my local food bank and raised a lot of money with help from my family and friends.
Hi y’all, my name is Jenny! I am a junior at the University of North Carolina. I am studying Human Development & Family Studies and minoring in English and History. I am an activist because I believe it is up to us to purposefully create change in our communities. I am particularly passionate about disability rights and voting access. As someone going into education, I think that teaching is a form of activism as you have the opportunity to inform. This is why I am so eager to be involved with YSCF, because education and collaboration are catalysts of progress.