A week after Christina spoke at a press conference at the State Capitol about the struggles she's faced growing up in poverty in Boone County, why she believes that it's important to speak up about abuse and injustice so people know that they are not alone, and how she looks forward to graduating and attending college, a massive chemical spill in Charleston meant Christina and 300,000 other West Virginians could not use their tap water, and forced Christina's school to close for over a week.
Join AFSC youth groups from Logan and Mingo counties, along with kids and families from across the state as we converge on the Capitol in Charleston to make our voices heard on issues ranging from physical activity in school, the Future Fund, and raising the minimum wage.
The newly formed girls leadership group at Tug Valley High School in Mingo County, who call themselves GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), wanted to address bullying and depression at their school and decided to lead a Mix It Up at Lunch Day. From planning, to implementation, and debriefing--these girls are leaders. The girls were congratulated by the principal over the intercom the next day and their fellow students kept asking what GLOW was up to next!
Dustin Washington, Community Justice Program Director for AFSC's West Region, shares three tips for anti-racist organizing based on his experience as an organizer with the Tyree Scott Freedom School. For over 12 years the Tyree Scott Freedom School has been teaching young people in the Seattle area about institutional racism and community organizing.
Believing All is Possible (BAPS) youth leaders from Logan County will lead a Help Increase the Peace workshop with elementary and middle school students in McDowell County, as part of the Sky's the Limit summer program.
Youth leaders from Logan, WV addressed the Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty on July 23, 2013. Scroll to the 31:35 mark to see Kristiana Drummer (11th grade) talk about juvenile justice reform, Jimetta Early (12th grade) talk about early childhood development, and Ciara Campbell (12th grade) talk about the need for sex education classes in order to prevent teen pregnancy. After they spoke, Senator Unger and Senator Stollings praised them for their leadership.
Youth leaders from St. Louis; New Orleans; Greensboro, N.C.: Washington, D.C.; and Logan, W.Va., were hosted by the D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program for a weeklong Human Rights Summit in Washington in June 2013.
Together the youth explored the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, conducted research on a human rights issue in their respective community, and helped one another prepare for meetings with their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
Senate Committee on Child Poverty Meets in Logan
On Tuesday July 23rd at 7pm in Room 101A at Southern WV Community and Technical College, the WV Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty will be having a town hall meeting to hear from families and advocates about what the pressing issues are in Logan and the surrounding counties. Youth members of the Appalachian Center for Equality youth leadership group BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) will be among those speaking to the committee.
Members of the BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) youth leadership program in Logan, West Virginia were front and center at a community forum about child poverty in March 2013. Sponsored by AFSC and a dozen other organizations, the forum focused on prison overcrowding, teen pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention, and parent education. Advocates as well as people impacted by poverty spoke.
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