Public Education in a Changing World:
In this workshop, youth researchers shared the results of their action research project that asked young people about their aspirations for public education.
Venesha Cardwell is an undergraduate student currently completing a Bachelor’s in Health & Human Services at Tyndale University College & Seminary, as well as a Social Services Worker diploma at Seneca College. She is also fulfilling a student placement at Skills for Change as a Youth Research Fellow for the Jane and Finch Bridging Education to Employment (JFBEE) project. Living and working in her community, Venesha supports afterschool and summer programming, the Back to School backpack giveaway program, and co-facilitates a youth group called Inspiration 4 This Generation. Here, youth meet weekly to engage in creative writing expression of which they are encouraged to perform at community events, thus providing a safe space and platform for youth voice.
Fatema Ali is a Master’s Candidate in Medical Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is very passionate about advocating for equitable access to education. This is seen through various initiatives and programs in which she has started and participated. Such as a homework club, summer science program, movie nights, and a middle/high school transition initiative. This past summer she was a youth research with Skills for Change for the Jane and Finch Bridging Education to Employment (JFBEE) project. This project emphasizes youth voices and aims to improve pathways in education.
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