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Packed Town Hall for Green New Deal



Last week, as part of the Green Justice Coalition, we hosted over 80 adult and youth community leaders who spoke about the Green New Deal and how climate change impacts young people, low income communities, the new economy, and labor.


Thank you to Boston Public Schools and all the members of the Green Justice Coalition for making this event a success.

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Big Win for Grassroots Organizing and Public Education: Student Opportunity Act Signed by Governor Baker



After years of grassroots organizing, we WON! The Massachusetts Foundation Budget, which has been under-funding schools by billions of dollars, will finally be updated. Yesterday, Governor Baker signed the Student Opportunity Act into law, guaranteeing critical funds for public schools across the Commonwealth.


What felt almost impossible a few years ago has become a reality, and young people have been at the center of this fight from day one. As a member of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, we worked in coalition with teachers, parents, and other young people to ensure equitable public education funding across Massachusetts.

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Building Power Through Radical Vulnerability - 2019 ListeningWorks Convening 



Healing,  listening, and  joy were front and center at Youth on Board's 2019 National ListeningWorks Convening this month, where 60 movement builders and social justice leaders from across the country came together in Massachusetts to address our country's moment of crisis. 

At the 3 day convening,  Opportunity Youth United,  Sunrise Movement   United We Dream,  Michigan State Voices  and many other organizations experienced radical vulnerability, deep listening and learned how to infuse those skills into key community outreach tactics. Participants also discussed the intersectionality of movement issues like racism and the climate crisis and developed an understanding on how attacks and our personal triggers and patterns can hijack our movements.

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Watch Jairam Rao's (2002-2019) Moving Testimony about the Future of our Planet


Today young people across the world are walking out of school to take part in the global Climate Strike to protest government and business inaction on climate change. We wanted to take this moment to share Jairam Rao's message.


Jairam Rao was a member of Youth on Board and the Boston Student Advisory Council's Climate Justice Team. Jairam recently graduated from Boston Latin School and was headed to Boston University this fall. In March of this year he provided powerful testimony to the Boston City Council on the critical policy changes needed to address climate change. He knew that we need to act now and that young people must be at the center of the climate justice movement.

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Peace Mural and Garden Unveiling



After years of anti-gun violence organizing we came together as a community to unveil a peace mural and garden last week in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Leading up to this event, we worked with multiple local and state departments, policy makers, and organizations, as well as in partnership with Parkland High School students.


This project came together through a beautiful collaborative effort with Magnolia Street Garden Group, Dorchester Bay Economic Development, ACE and others. The talented artist Alex Cook worked with young people and the community to design and paint the mural. Our summer program cleaned the site and helped paint the wall with the important message of LOVE.

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BSAC and Mother's Out Front Demand that National Grid Fix Gas Leaks



On Wednesday July 31st, we joined Mother's our Front's action to pressure National Grid to fix the 16,000 statewide gas leaks that they promised to fix a year ago. A hundred people from different organizations gathered in front of a 2000 square feet gas leak between the JFK Building, to call attention to a problem that is not only harmful to our health, environment and trees, but also can cause explosions and cost us money from lost resources.

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Young People Demand Education Funding for Public Education Across Massachusetts



On Thursday May 16th , Youth on Board/ Boston Student Advisory Council joined thousands of students, parents, and teachers, to rally to change the foundation budget which would increase education funding across the state, especially in low-income and gateway cities. We organized the Youth Speak out and one of our young people emceed the event.


This, among many rallies across the state, were organized by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance and Fund our Future, a grassroots campaign with the goal of increasing state funding to public schools.

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BSAC Member Sat on the BPS Superintendent Search Committee



We are thrilled to welcome Brenda Cassellius as the new superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. For the first time ever, a YOB/BSAC member sat on the selection committee for the superintendent as an equal partner with school committee members, the BTU president, teachers, and parents.

YOB/BSAC members developed criteria and questions in which to evaluate each candidate and submitted written findings to the school committee before the final decision. Our criteria was:

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BSAC Hosts Youth Town Hall to Educate Youth on Education Funding Process & the PROMISE Act



In response to the crucial need for equitable education funding across the state 

of Massachusetts, as well as the need for accessible information about the 

funding process, the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and Youth on 

Board hosted a youth town hall centered around the  PROMISE Act  and youth 

civic engagement. We had over 100 young people come to learn about this 

game-changing legislation that has set out to address the long-term, systemic 

under funding of Massachusetts public schools, as well as learn how they  can 

get involved in the process. 

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BSAC Young People Produce & Star in Video Urging Positive & Respectful Communication



BSAC and Youth on Board partnered with the Boston Public Schools' Office of Equity to produce " Stay Out of the Box," a video on healthy communications both in school and out. BSAC students Ahria Ilyas and Sophia Kenneally served as narrators and, with the help of other BSAC student actors, also helped edit the script and produce the film -- student voice at every stage of the project!​

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Only 12 Years Left to Save the Planet - Young People Fighting for our future!



Led by the Sunrise Movement, BSAC and YOB youth joined thousands of young people in Washington D.C. to demand a #GreenNewDeal that would transform the economy and society at a scale needed to stop the climate crisis. Joined by our friends from March For

Our Lives and Massachusetts Democrats, the young people raised their voices loud enough for the world to hear: 

  • 100% clean and renewable energy

  • Restorative justice and resilience efforts for those most vulnerable, and

  • Clean energy jobs!

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BPD Commissioner talks community policing - 2018 Legislative Visits



BSAC/YOB young people sat down with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross last week to discuss relationships between students and school police, positive community policing strategies, and BSAC's own gun violence prevention and awareness work, for which Commissioner Gross shared his support.

In preparation for the new legislative cycle in January 2019, BSAC/YOB young people visited the Massachusetts State House to talk with legislators about financial literacy education, the #NoFossilFuel pledge, and fully funding public schools in Boston and across the Commonwealth.


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National Healing Project is Making Waves



We launched ListeningWorks in 2016 to heal our social movements and make them stronger and more resilient than ever before. To date, we have trained over 400 community organizers, movement builders and leaders from more than 15 states and counting!

Check out our video series in collaboration with the Resistance School at Harvard University for tips on meaningful listening and using vulnerability as a powerful weapon of self-care. ListeningWorks: Connecting and Transforming Communities Through Radical Listening and Vulnerability


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Governor Baker Signs Civics Bill Into Law, BSAC Co-Hosts Election Night Watch Party, & Representative Tyler Talks With BSAC!




As part of the MA Civic Learning Coalition, Youth on Board worked with education activists all over the state to urge Massachusetts legislators to pass a statewide civics education bill. The bill, that was signed last week, is one of the most engaging and innovative in the country. By providing key education around how our government works and what citizens can do to engage civically, this program will ensure that current and incoming students in Massachusetts will be part of the next generation of informed & invested civic leaders. 



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Watch BSAC Alumna Denyse Wornum Discuss Gun Violence on WGBH's Basic Black


With the release of the movie "The Hate You Give" which is based on the book by Angie Thomas, BSAC Alumna Denyse Wornum was invited to discuss the power of youth as part of the social change movement and the realities of gun violence in our communities on WGBH's Basic Black.

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Mayor Walsh swears in New Student Reps & Book Premier Event - Lift Us Up Don't Push Us Out!


Youth on Board and the Boston Student Advisory Council celebrated our alumni Carlos Rojas and Denyse Wornum at the launch of  "Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!," a collection of stories by Mark Warren that includes Carlos and Denyse's lived experiences as both students and youth organizers.

Last week, Mayor Marty Walsh swore in Boston's 2018-2019 school committee student representative, Evelyn Reyes, and her alternate, Elvis Rodriguez! The ceremony took place at Boston's City Hall on Thursday, October 4, where they met with the mayor and members of the school committee to celebrate the occasion. 

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Boston Youth demand action from next Suffolk County District Attorney


In partnership with Boston youth programs, the Boston Student Advisory Council helped facilitate the Suffolk County District Attorney Youth Forum at SEIU 32BJ in downtown Boston on Thursday, August 9th.


In addition to educating the voting public on the first contested Suffolk County DA race in 16 years, youth took this opportunity to demand the next DA take the issues surrounding young people seriously. These issues included school policing, immigration and reinvestment.

Read more about the Suffolk County District Attorney Youth Form and how BSAC is also partnering with the Public Health Commission to prioritize youth in our newsletter.

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YOB Trains Youth and Adult Leaders in Topeka Kansas 


On July 27, 4 trainers from Youth on Board (YOB) spent the day in Topeka Kansas with close to 50 stakeholders --  from student activists and organizers and youth workers to non-profit leaders and government officials-- from the city of Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas. 

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YOB Trains Youth and Adult Leaders in Topeka Kansas 


On July 27, 4 trainers from Youth on Board (YOB) spent the day in Topeka Kansas with close to 50 stakeholders --  from student activists and organizers and youth workers to non-profit leaders and government officials-- from the city of Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas. 

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Join our ListeningWorks Webinar! 


ListeningWorks is a project of

Youth on Board that was created in response to the hate and division in our current political climate. 


We are addressing the problem by training and supporting community leaders and organizers to use proven healing and support strategies to strengthen their social movements and deepen their community engagement. Please read our newsletter for more information about ListeningWorks, our upcoming webinar and national training, 

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No Food, No Water, No Problem - Fasting5K supports YOB, Civics Legislation Passes, and Mayor's Youth Council Honors BSAC


Each year during Ramadan, Fasting5K selects local a organization to sponsor that is making a positive impact in their community -- this year they selected Youth on Board to receive the funds raised from their 5K run!  Fasting5K runs take place all across the country and all of the proceeds go towards local and global youth development and education programs. 


Also in this newsletter, on May 30th, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civics Education (S.2375) passed in the House of Representatives 151-0 and BSAC is honored at the Youth Civics Awards Ceremony.

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Gun Safety Bill Passes in MA 


We are happy to share that the Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) bill in Massachusetts has passed!  Thank you to State Representative Marjorie Decker for all of her work on pushing this bill forward and for taking the time to meet with us to discuss our concerns and hear about our experiences as young people and as people color living in Boston. This bill, which advocates for the safety of those in crisis and the safety of those around them, is a huge win for smarter, safer gun legislation in a country that is experiencing gun-related violence and trauma on a daily basis.


YOB/BSAC have been organizing around increasing social emotional learning (SEL), promoting the counselors not cops initiative, and highlighting the critical need for additional emotional support for young people for many years.  

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BSAC Alumnus Joe Okafor talks about youth activism in Boston


Joe Okafor, alumnus of the Boston Student Advisory Council and current freshman at Boston College, was a guest of WCVB, Channel 5's City Line show this weekend covering racism and activism in the City of Boston.  

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Marching for Our Lives, Parkland Meets Boston


BSAC young people marched in solidarity with over 50,000 others people from Madison Park High School to Boston Common.  Young people, parents, teachers and allies all came together to push for common sense gun policies and to make connections between suburban and urban gun violence.  


On March 20th, BSAC, along with young people from the Boston's Mayor's Youth Council and St. Stephens Church Youth Programs, joined high school students from across Boston to discuss gun violence with student leaders from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Thousands of Young People Unite & Demand Action on Gun Violence


Snow didn't stop thousands of young people from marching to the State House to demand action around gun violence.  Young people from all across Massachusetts gathered to advocate against the national narrative that 

promotes increased school policing, harsh punishment, and metal detectors.


To an overflowing crowd in Gardner Auditorium, Evelyn Reyes, BSAC/YOB member gave a riveting speech and received a standing ovation as she stated how communities of color have been impacted by gun violence for generations and there has been little action taken. 



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Talking About Discipline: Moving Beyond Chapter 222 and Our 7th Annual Listening Project


Due to your tireless advocacy, Massachusetts passed the landmark Chap 222 law, a momentous step in the fight against zero tolerance exclusionary discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline. While substantial progress has been made in reducing out-of-school suspensions for student groups across the board, significant gaps exist to implementing fully funded alternatives to exclusion and closing the racial discipline gap in our schools.


We are so grateful to have shared important information about the school discipline landscape in Massachusetts and possibilities for future investment with over 100 attendees representing 12 districts, students, teachers, principals, state and local administrators, and advocacy groups on October 19th at UMass Boston.


This week, on October 24th, over a dozen young people and several adult allies conducted our yearly Listening Project at train stations across Boston as part of the Dignity in Schools' Week of Action Against School Pushout



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YOB & BSAC Meet Matt Damon, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, and More

Championing public education and young people: Stars-they're just like us! 



Matt Damon's Backpack Full of Cash Premiered in Boston with YOB/BSAC in attendance. Narrated by celebrated actor and son of a public school educator Matt Damon, Backpack Full of Cash, explores the growing privatization of public  schools and the resulting impact on  America's most vulnerable children. 

BSAC members and representatives of the Born This Way Foundation met before Lady Gaga's concert in Boston to discuss the alignment between our work. 


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Protecting and Uplifting Undocumented Immigrant Youth  



At Youth on Board, we stand with all undocumented immigrant youth and their families in the wake of the DACA repeal announcement by the Trump administration. We promise to continue to protect them by working with Boston Public Schools and by continuing to promote our BPS Student Rights App and are ready to expand our Open Doors project by partnering with immigrant youth organizers in order to strengthen our social movements and build a stronger and more unified resistance to hate and division. 


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Open Society Foundation grant launch's YOB's Open Doors Project!  



We are excited to introduce our latest project, Open Doors, that we developed in response to the hate and division in our current political climate. Additional news with the climate team holding idling action and Governor Baker signs letter supporting the Paris Climate Deal.


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BSAC/Youth on Board working for Climate Justice!  




On Saturday April 29th, we joined thousands of concerned residents on Boston Common at the People's Climate March.


For the past year, BSAC/YOB's Climate Team, understanding the vulnerability of Boston to climate change and the disproportionate impact climate change has on low-income communities, has worked to educate and engage their community to work for climate justice.


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Senator Chang Diaz holds press conference for state education budget

Equity in education can only be achieved through adequate school funding 



On Monday, April 10th, Youth on Board alumna Kalise Osula spoke alongside community leaders at a press conference held by Senator Sonia Chang Diaz regarding legislation she is sponsoring with the support of 80 state legislators.


BSAC members make presentations as part of credit-bearing Extended Learning Opportunity

This marks the 2nd years students have had the opportunity to receive credit for their leadership in BSAC and have it appear on their official transcript.


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Boston Public Schools are Sanctuaries for Students and BSAC Presents New Climate Change Curriculum  



BSAC members Edward Tapia and Fania Joseph testified with other teachers, students, and parents about their experiences in the Boston Public Schools and advocated for BPS to become a sanctuary for students.


BSAC members have been collaborating with BPS science teachers to develop official BPS climate change curriculum. BSAC presented the curriculum at the BPS Science Awards to announce that the web site just went live.


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Calling Out Hate Crimes and Protecting Immigrants



The Boston Student Advisory Council adds two new pages to the Boston Student Rights app about the rights of undocumented students and bias-based conduct in schools.


Youth on Board and BSAC members encourage members of the community to stand in solidarity with sanctuary schools at the Boston City Council hearing on March 7, 2017 at 5:30pm, see newsletter for more details.


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Mayor Walsh / Boston Herald-ESSA / App live in Spanish!



BSAC had two productive meetings with Mayor Marty Walsh last week. BSAC/YOB also submitted a letter and provided testimony to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The letter was signed on by over a dozen organizations supporting our efforts to include School Climate as an indicator of student success in the state's ESSA implementation plan.


Boston Student Rights App is Now Live in SPANISH!


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Obama's Secretary of Education, App Video, Listening Project, and more! 



BSAC meets with the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, introduces a new video for the Boston Student Rights App, interviews over 500 BPS students for the Listening Project, and defeats question 2 in MA!



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We're Center Stage at City Hall, DESE, and American Reparatory Theater 


Congratulations to Keondre McClay who was sworn in as the 2016/2017 Boston School Committee student representative, and to Edward Tapia who will be his alternate. 


Youth on Board wins first place at for poster about ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) at the Future Of Accountability event.



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Youth Pass Forever, $5 Million for BPS & More Big Wins  



We're ending the year strong with four major wins for Boston Students! MBTA Youth Passes, $5 million dollars in funding and more amazing successes that have been achieved through youth organizing this spring.



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Congratulations! MTA's President's Award


BPS Student Activists receive the President's Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association 



We are proud to announce that Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), honored student activists with the President's Award at the 2016 convention. 


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Powerful Student Testimony After Hundreds Walkout



Students Swarm City Hall After Walking Out

Ask City Councilors Not to Vote on Proposed Budget


Students from several Boston high schools organized a walkout for the second time this spring to protest a budget shortfall that will affect BPS high schools, special education students, and early learning centers, among others.


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State Law Makers Take the Test!



Recently Massachusetts and Boston policy makers were invited by the YOUNG Coalition (Youth Organizers for the Now Generation) to spend 45 minutes taking portions of PARCC and MCAS so they could experience what high stakes testing is like for students in schools across the state. Test takers had an opportunity to share how they felt taking the test and students talked about how they believe high stakes testing negatively affects their lives and education. .


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Can You Name the Six Domains of SEL?



Two years ago, Youth on Board was one of eight programs selected to be part of national research project funded by the Susan Crown Exchange and conducted by the Weikert Center for Youth Program Quality.  The project aimed to identify promising practices for building Social Emotional Learning skills and to develop a method for taking these practices to scale in thousands of out-of-school time settings. 


From this project, a framework using 6 SEL domains were developed to help practitioners think about SEL. Check then out by clicking below!



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Youth Power Leads the Way...  Again!



Several thousand BPS students took to the streets chanting "BPS!" It was breathtaking. There hasn't been a rally this big on Boston Common in years.


Students left school to protest a budget shortfall that would result in cuts to teachers' jobs, classes, and supplies. They shared their frustrations, dreams, and demands for the future of their education. BSAC/YOB and BYOP's experienced organizers played key roles. They organized students, helped lead the charge, acted as MC's, and facilitated getting numerous students to testify at the State House during a hearings on funding equity and high stakes testing.


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Youth Power at Statewide Education Youth Summit 



Youth and adult allies from Amherst, Boston, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester convened in Worcester, MA on January 16th to share knowledge and skills and build youth power for public education in Massachusetts. Over 50 people attended the first Statewide Youth Summit to discuss policing in schools, student rights, and funding. 


Students brainstormed about their vision of an ideal school and discussed their desire for change around school policing, school to prison pipeline, increased funding, high stakes testing, charter schools, and more.    

The room was electric with bright ideas and curiosity about campaigns from the various cities represented. The young people left inspired and eager to collaborate on statewide initiatives that incorporates the amazing youth organizing projects already in progress.  


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BSAC/YOB Attends 2015 Climate Conference in Paris



For 10 days 5 BSAC/YOB representatives, including members, alumni, and a staff person attended the climate talks in Paris France as the youth component of the 60 person Sustaining All Life delegation. The group returned to Boston changed for life having made personal, emotional, and political connections that will support our climate justice work at home.  


Despite the Paris attacks we still held 33 events in 10 days - youth caucuses, 7 workshops,  3 public forums, and countless listening projects. 


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The White House Tweets about Boston Student Rights App



The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (@AfAmEducation) tweeted an article about BSAC's Boston Student Rights App published today on WBUR's Learning Lab. The article describes the app and its function, as well as profiling some of the work BSAC has done around student rights and school discipline.


The app has over 4,000 downloads! 


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Students Deserve a Vote on School Committee 



BSAC met with Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh this week to discuss several campaigns we are working on in the city.  BSAC members talked about the Student Vote hearing hosted by City Councillor Tito Jackson where several students and adult allies testified on why astudent should have voting powers on the school committee.  We are waiting to hear about next steps in the process, but we are hopeful this nine year campaign will become a reality. 


Mayor Walsh and BSAC members also discussed student input in teacher evaluation, My Brother's Keeper, and our campaign working towards a moratorium on out of school suspensions.  


We are pleased to have had such a successful first meeting with the Mayor and look forward to many more!  


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Celebrating 20 Years with a New Website!



For 20 years Youth on Board has been asking young people what they think!  During this time we have trained over 10,000 people, sold over 8,000 publications, 

and worked with hundreds of organizations across the globe.  


We started as a thought leader and trainer in youth/adult partnerships andyouth in decision-making, and in the past ten years we have become known for our trailblazing work with student advisory councils from our experience co-administering the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC).   



We are thankful to YouthBuild USA and the Boston Pubic Schools, and to the all of young people and adult allies with whom we have worked with during this extraordinary two decade journey -- We look forward to the future!


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BSAC Interviews BPS Superintdent Candidates


Members of the Boston Student Advisory Council sat on a student and teacher panel that interviewed the final four candidates for Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. 

Guided by criteria developed by BSAC, the YOUNG Coalition, and with input of hundreds of students, BSAC and BYOP provided formal and thoughtful feedback to the Boston School Committee on each candidate, evaluating them on:


  • Student Voice in Decision Making

  • Education Equity & Quality and testing 

  • School Discipline practices related to school Push Out and Restorative Justice


This youth-developed criteria has guided the Superintendent Search Committee in their process and has the support of our community partners, including the Boston Education Justice Alliance.


BSAC has historically enjoyed strong relationships with BPS leaders, including former Superintendent Carol Johnson. BSAC looks forward to working closely with the next Superintendent and wishes to thank the Boston School Committee for including student voices in this process. 


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Creating Space for Young People's Thoughts About Ferguson


As young people we need a safe space to discuss our own experiences with institutionalized racism and oppression, to brainstorm ways our communities and schools can work together towards justice, and to know adults care about us. 


We are proud of how Boston responded to the verdict and want to thank you to all the teachers and youth allies in Boston and beyond who created a space to discuss the issues surrounding Ferguson. For those of you who haven't been able to have this time, we urge you to open your classrooms, families, extracurricular activities, and guidance offices to open, frank, and constructive discussions on the events in Ferguson. 


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Boston City Council Passes Divestment Resolution!



BSAC is thrilled that today the Boston City Council passed a resolution in favor of divestment. This was a victory for climate and youth justice in Boston and shows our city's commitment to young people and their future.  The resolution supports city and state divestment from fossil fuels.


BSAC students and allies organized a hearing on fossil fuel divestment this Monday and drafted the resolution that was ultimately passed 11-1 by City Council. BSAC built support for the legislation by meeting with City Councillors, researching the benefits of divestment, and gathering allies committed to a just and stable future in Boston.


The success of the hearing and the vote is also owed to the dedication of our youth and adult allies from Alternatives for Community and Environment/Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project, The Better Future Project/350 MA,The Food Project, BYOP, St. Stephen's Church, Alliance for Climate Education and Student-organized Climate Action Network. Councillors Michelle Wu, Matt O'Malley, and Mark Ciommo, co-sponsored the resolution and have been essential partners in this campaign.


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BPS Police will NOT carry Pepper Spray!!


BSAC, in collaboration with a wonderful team of organizers, students, and teachers, spoke out regarding our concerns about pepper spray in the schools.  


Our team spoke at public comment and met with the BPS Chief Operating Officer.  We are thankful to BPS for listening and focusing on the restorative justice practices we worked so hard for in the Boston Public Schools.  



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In Rememberance of Mayor Menino:
A True Ally to the Young People of Boston


The Boston Student Advisory Council was honored to be asked to pass out programs at Mayor Menino's wake at Boston's Faneuil Hall yesterday.

Every year Mayor Menino set aside time to have meetings with BSAC members - students always felt like he really listened to what they had to say.  He was a true ally to the young people of Boston.


We are thankful for the relationship we had with him and share the loss with our community.


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BSAC Listened to 300+ Students During the 
4th Annual Listening Project


As part of the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action Against School Pushout, on September 9th, BSAC members and alumni, with the YOUNG Coalition and BYOP, went to 5 T stations across Boston to listen to what BPS high school students are saying about discipline in their schools.

Hundreds of students were surveyed about their experience with discipline practices and whether or not the restorative justice practices in the new Code of Conduct were being implemented properly.

It was clear that more students were aware of their rights and were speaking up about what they know is right. We are glad our efforts are helping keep students informed.


Visit Dignity in Schools to learn more!


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Savina Tapia Speaks Out at Restorative Justice 
Press Conference



BSAC member Savina Tapia traveled to Dayton, OH to participate in the official release of the Accountability Guidelines on School Pushout and Charter Schools by Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC). 


Savina delivered a moving speech about her experience at a charter school at a press conference that also featured parents and local leaders from Dayton and New Orleans speaking about the lack of accountability around school discipline in charter schools in their states. The press conference was held in conjunction with the DSC Week of Action to end school pushout.

Watch her speech!

Read the full guidelines here.


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BSAC joins 400,000 allies fighting for Climate Justice!



On September 21st BSAC and its allies joined 400,000 people from around the world at the PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH in New York City.  The record breaking march brought awareness of the effects of climate change and demanded action to address global warming.  


Young people, children, and elders joined together with amazing energy to show that they care about the planet's future and that we CAN make a difference.  BSAC's dedication to climate justice stems from young people realizing that if we don't do something now, there won't be a planet, let alone healthy public education system. 




BSAC in the Boston Globe!

Great coverage in the New York Times


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