A Letter from Our Youth Advisors

Photo by Juan Carlos Becerra on Unsplash, Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.   To the United States Secretary of Education Dear Secretary of Education Cardona, Congratulations on your confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education, and the wonderful opportunity to support young people nationwide. We attend public schools in Lawrence, Mass. and are members of Elevated Thought, an art…

Hope for a Brighter Future

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash, Posted by Chiara Wegener   This new year has caused me to pause and reflect over the past 12 months. The events of the past year have made me even more aware of hope that I have for a brighter future for me, my family, and the youth that I have…

Protecting Our Democracy

Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.   Today, runoff races in Georgia reminded us of what is possible when the extraordinary power of organizing and voting is exercised. However, those outcomes were met by the sobering reminder of the fragile state of democracy in our country. We want to acknowledge the pain and distress many…

Reflections and Hope

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash, Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.   2020: a year unlike any other, plagued by a pandemic, death, job loss, evictions, and the continued murders of Black people at the hands of law enforcement. And at the same time, we have seen communities come together, respond with strength and love to…

Our Work Continues

Posted on by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.     Every Vote Counts | Nikkolas Smith (IG: @nikkolas_smith) | Commissioned by Culture Surge   Democracy has spoken — voters have selected new leaders to move us forward to a better future. It’s time we come together to ensure the will of the people prevails. We know that our work to advance racial…

Continuing to whitewash our public institutions will only harm our future prosperity as a nation

Posted by Nick Donohue   Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action   This past week, Donald Trump directed federal agencies to eliminate anti-racism training examining white privilege and critical race theory, calling them “a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.” And just last month, he shared a two-point education platform for…

Rest as Revolution

Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.   “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lorde   Rest is an integral but often neglected aspect of any movement — sufficient rest rejuvenates our minds and bodies and allows us to bring our best selves to our work. We recognize…

“Huey’s Kites”

Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.   “Flying kites is such a simple act of freedom. The peacefulness, open field, endless sky and seemingly unlimited ways the kite can move or flow. And yet, this freedom isn’t afforded to everyone. A basic childhood (and adult) act never experienced, to me, is a metaphor for the…