Youth Executive Board Presents at MnEEP (March 2016)
Amazing, intelligent, passionate youth leadership in action is what the session should have been subtitled! Four members of the Youth Executive Board (YEB) Chuyi Yang, Fuchi Hang,
Jessica Mendoza, and Max Gates, along with YEB Co-Advisor KaSua Vue and EMID staff members Mary Bussman and Heidi Fransen presented the Absent Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement to participants in the statewide conference of the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership.
YEB members described to the audience how they researched specific individuals from Latin American, Hmong American, Asian American, African American, Native American communities and women who were actively involved in social justice, politics, or fighting to better their communities during the civil rights movement. YEB members also described how they then worked with actors and playwrights to inform six-eight minute plays developed from the research and presented Monday, February 15, 2016.
They also described how social studies teachers are writing lesson plans to accompany a professional video of the performance which will then be available on the new Equity Alliance MN website.
Most importantly, YEB members described why they wanted to do this project -- they didn’t see their stories in the history taught in their classes. Not seeing their stories made them feel
insignificant and they wanted to change that for the next group of students following them.