Providence Youth Caucus meets with Governor Raimondo to give input on the State's next Education Commissioner!


Young Voices members in the Providence Youth Caucus discuss education with Governor Raimondo.

Young Voices and the Providence Student Union, in partnership with six of Providence's strongest youth organizations, launched the Providence Youth Caucus (PYC) in January.  This coalition unites students from across Providence to work together for citywide education changes like restorative practices and personalized learning.  The effort, supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, includes diverse youth from Hope High Optimized (H2O), New Urban Arts, Rhode Island Urban Debate League, Youth in Action, YouthBuild Providence, and Youth Pride, Inc.


The PYC, along with youth groups from across the state, met with Governor Raimondo on March 24 th .  They shared the Education Platform  that Mayor Elorza signed at our youth-led Candidates Forum  last year, and talked about the need for student centered learning and restorative practices in every school across the State, and the Governor listened.  When a PYC member asked: "What are you going to do with our suggestions?", the Governor said: "We're going to think about it and make sure we take it into account when we pick this new Commissioner. So what I heard today was student centered, technology and fix the buildings."  
Over the next year, the PYC will work closely with Mayor Elorza and other prominent city leaders to realize the goals in their Education Platform.  Stay tuned to see the changes this city-wide body of youth leaders can achieve in RI's biggest school district!


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