EYEJ Discussion Series Recap by Rachel Gardiner

The short month of February is now over, but that does not mean there was a lack of Discussion Series. During the past month EYEJ was proud to be partnered […]

March 14, 2017 // Mai Moore // No Comments // Posted in Blog

The short month of February is now over, but that does not mean there was a lack of Discussion Series. During the past month EYEJ was proud to be partnered with The Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR). SGORR is an organization of diverse high school students in the Shaker Heights schools that promotes positive social relations across all boundaries of difference. They also provided the majority of the curriculum and student volunteers for the Discussion Series

February’s Exploring Justice and Race curriculum topic helped our students understand that we are a diverse group and we are different people who feel vulnerable in different ways. We also discussed the historical significance of the School To Prison Pipeline and its impact on minority students. We helped the students understand that while society may create systems in which minorities face inequitable challenges, there will always be steps that we can take as leaders, young people and social activists towards a different future.

“EYEJ empowers and amplifies the voices of teens and pre-teens by bridging them with diverse individuals to engage in interactive discussions centered around social justice.”  Never have these words rang truer.  The impact that SGORR had in the classroom was tremendous.  The students thought it was “cool” that other youth, just a little older than them were able to come and speak with them. The students and school staff were very impressed that high school students (SGORR) had their “hands on” the curriculum and are active and willing participants in social justice.  Thank you SGORR for helping us facilitate our Discussion Series on Exploring Justice and Race.

Social justice in action!

Rachel

 

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