BCPS Social Justice Initiative: Young Voices Matter

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young voices matter cover Issues of policing, race and equity are at the forefront of our national news and community dialogue. During the last few weeks of our current COVID-19 pandemic, we have been outraged at what the entire world has witnessed repeatedly on televised news cycles and social media outlets, resulting in stress and trauma for so many of our students, teachers, parents and community – the tragic and brutal murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ahmaud Arbery in Bruswick, Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, there are the racially-motivated behaviors and actions of Amy Cooper, who last week called police on a black man in New York City’s Central Park during an encounter involving her unleashed dog; and Patricia Ripley, who drowned her autistic son in a Miami canal last week and first blamed it on two black men. These incidents, as well as the many thousands of others, committed on people of color that have been captured on video or personally witnessed rekindle feelings of anger, anxiety and fear due to historical and generational racism and oppression.

Our youth have been watching all of this and are looking for ways to process the violence, loss, and fear that they are experiencing. Broward County Public Schools will continue to provide a structured forum for our students’ young voices. We encourage our students to use their voices to promote positive change in our communities and nation. Some of our strategies in support of this goal include:

I believe in the courage of our young people to seek truth and justice in our country and to take on our most pressing challenges such as reforming our criminal justice system, having a national conversation to change the narrative and myths about black and brown people, and addressing inequities in education and healthcare. Change is never easy, but it is surely possible.


statement of reason Guiding Questions Planning Tool
Courageous Conversations Resources Debate Packet
Courageous Conversations Resources Debate Packet

For assistance in implementing debate across curriculum, please reach out to the debate teacher at your school. They are excited to support all student voices!

For implmentation in elementary schools, please contact the Applied Learning Department.

Please contact the following regarding questions or concerns.