I definitely agree with your point regarding mental health and racism being top priorities for our leaders here in America. I think the two issues can also go hand in hand, as increased tensions because of systematic racism can be detrimental to ones health. Separately, I think these topics both address issues of ignorance in America. We, as a whole, are so ignorant to the issue of mental health and see it as something that isn’t very serious, instead of seeing it for the serious medical condition it is. We are also ignorant to the lives of those experiencing racism, and oftentimes have an attitude of “well, I wasn’t around when slavery was happening, so that’s not my problem”. We, the people, AND our leaders need to educate ourselves and instill what we learn into how we treat each other and how we live in this society together.
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.