Finding a social justice mission

Three students visit with a community partner from In Our Own Voices

Albany High School seniors taking Civics and Public Engagement spent class Wednesday at a community partner fair in the library, where they met one-to-one with representatives from a dozen local advocacy organizations.

The goal of the fair was to help students identify a social justice mission they are passionate about that can be part of their civic action requirement for the class.

Throughout the year, and with guidance from their teachers, the students – most of the senior class – will network with the advocates and their connections to build their own social justice network for their project.

Seniors who successfully complete their social justice project will earn a Seal of Civic Readiness on their high school diploma.

Wednesday’s fair grew out of a partnership between Albany High, the People’s Perception Project and the Albany NAACP.

Representatives from both groups were there, along with people from In Our Own Voices, Poor People’s Campaign, The RED Bookshelf, Capital Region Community Resources, Freedom Unshackled, Community Matters Inc., Albany Institute of History and Art’s Albany African American History Project, All of Us, YouthFX, the International Center of the Capital Region and Embrace Thy Crown.

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