Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST)

The mission of Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together is “…to change things from from doing things to and for students to doing things with them… that they’re partners in that process…”

Helen Beattie founded Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together, or YATST, in the mid-2000s in order to promote the “four Rs” – Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Responsibility. Since then, the program has worked in dozens of schools across Vermont, building a strong foundation for and modeling exactly what Meaningful Student Involvement is at it’s highest levels of implementation.

Focused on teaching about student/adult partnerships for school improvement, YATST deeply affects individual participants and whole schools. Taking students from their traditionally historic roles as passive recipients of teaching, YATST deliberately moves learners towards become active partners throughout education. Watching any one of the dozens of videos available on YouTube and scanning the beautifully comprehensive YATST website is an inspiring journey.

Using a powerful curriculum guide, YATST teaches students why schools need to change, how that happens, and other important things they need to know about the process, YATST elevates knowledge, deepens investment, and transforms perceptions of students and adults throughout education.

Helen says, “It’s deep work that deserves a core place in our schools as a part of learning, and when it is that, it has the potential for significant change.”

SoundOut highly recommends that you watch and learn about Meaningful Student Involvement from this masterful program today.

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SoundOut is an international technical support project focused on student voice, student engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement. We offer workshops, tools and technical assistance to K-12 schools including teachers, administrators and students themselves. For more information visit our About Us page.

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