Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Service Learning Conference (April 2016)
On Friday, April 1, 2016, several Equity Alliance MN Youth Executive Board presented at the National Service-Learning Conference. Fuchi Hang of East Ridge High School facilitated a panel of national service learning award recipients. Awards given out included Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award, G. Bernard Gill Urban Service-Learning
Leadership Award, Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award, The Evan Dalgaard Leadership Award, Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award, and Stellar Service-Learning Award. Equity Alliance MN strongly encourages members to nominate individuals and groups that are making a meaningful impact in their community with young people through service-learning.
Jessica Mendoza and Chaly Vang of Roseville Area High School, Kamal Suleiman of Woodbury High School, and Kee Xiong of St. Paul Harding Senior High presented their work from the Untold Stories for the Secret War and Civil Rights Movement. The group presented to a filled room with people from around the country and different parts of the world. The workshop was active and informational. Kamal walked through the project through the service-learning cycle and then participants got to read about the various untold stories and creativity shared out to the group. This was a great opportunity to expose our young people to a national audience.
In addition to highlighting the voices and achievements of young people from around the world,
inspiring adults who work with youth were also recognized at the conference. Mason Fong is the recipient of the G. Bernard Gill Urban Service-Learning Leadership Award for his work as a
youth leader. In the panel Q & A, Mason advised us that in “...part of life, you have to have some sort of humor, you have to be spontaneous, you have to be fun; you also have to reflect to get to know who you are… as individuals we could really impact our community, but I think as community we can impact our society to be a more inclusive and equitable place for all people...” His actions are true to his words, his humorous and spontaneous leadership inspires both young people and adults to create a space that transforms learning for all people.
East Metro Integration District is
now doing business as Equity Alliance MN
6063 Hudson Road, Ste. 218, Woodbury, MN 55125
Our mission: to develop equitable learning systems and narrow the gap in opportunity, achievement, expectations, and resources for every student and staff member through teaching, learning and community engagement.