AFSC St. Louis hosted a workshop in August 2021 with our Youth Council members and built skills around op-ed writing. Three have submitted their reflections on varying issues tied to divestment from racist and punitive measures--and investment in schools and communities:
Sixth-grader Yosyiah Griffin examines why schools should invest in real student safety and educational enhancements rather than metal detectors.
Seventh-grader Grace Griffin writes about the lack of healthy food in her community and how that impacts student learning.
Tenth-grader Cailan Wooten says the real threat to Missouri classrooms isn’t Critical Race Theory, but instead the racist school-to-prison pipeline..