Our Education

Our Education, or OurEd, was a national nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The mission of OurEd was to improve K-12 education in America by engaging and empowering students themselves in a national movement for better schools. The organization was founded on the belief that the best chance we have to get the kinds of schools we need in this country is for millions of American students to call for and lead a national effort to secure them.

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Our Education ran two primary programs. The first was a national youth engagement campaign to build student awareness, interest, and action regarding current efforts to improve their schools. That youth engagement campaign was run primarily through the vehicle of our national student petition to make high quality education an American right. Our Education’s second initiative was a local-based Student Voice Project which worked to increase youth involvement and capacity to contribute to policy discussions and reform efforts at the high school, school district, and state levels.

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Young People’s Project

The Young People’s Project in Cambridge, Massachussetts National YPP uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students to succeed in school and in life, and in doing so involves them in efforts to eliminate institutional obstacles to their success. YPP envisions a day when every young person — regardless of ethnicity, gender, or class — has access to a high quality education and the skills, attributes, and community supports s/he needs to successfully meet the challenges of their generation.

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YOUNG Coalition

Youth Organizers for the Now Generation (YOUNG) Coalition in Boston, Massachusetts is an exciting youth-led coalition founded by Youth on Board and Boston Youth Organizing Project. El Movimiento is the coalition’s latest member. Young people from several other organizations are active in YOUNG’s projects and events as well.

Their website says, “It is our responsibility and right that we are included in education reform matters, that impact how we learn, what we learn, and from whom we learn. Through youth organizing action, YOUNG pushes forth urgent and positive changes for quality education.”

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Boston Youth Organizing Project

The Boston Youth Organizing Project in Boston, Massachusetts, is a live community of youth and adults who are fighting for justice in the Boston-area and beyond.

They have units in 22 high schools from suburbs to inner city areas and have taken on such issues as reopening recreational facilities, extending the hours of public transportation passes, cleaning up school facilities, student/teacher relations, and are now getting into quality of education.

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Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School

The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, shows great potential for student voice and student/adult partnerships.

Regarded as a “school within a school”, the project was intended to, “create a school that allows young people to be completely invested and to move every kind of human being through the same gate.”

Student-driven learning fills this space, which is focused on science, history, math, and reading and writing. They work on individual endeavors and group projects, and address serious social issues throughout their learning. Students work intensively with adult mentors in Student/Adult Partnerships, and self-actualize their investment and ownership in their own learning.

Although the school operates in sync with an adult-led mainstream high school, the story of the Independent Project is exceptional because it is a student-driven effort focused on improving education for all students, and not merely those who started it.

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