School Board Candidate Forum
Our Youth Leadership Cohort is excited to present the 2023 School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 15th. The doors open at 6:00pm and the event will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our students have worked hard preparing questions, developing marketing strategies, producing content, and aligning goals to bring to you this event centered around youth voice. The evening will feature our students' asking questions to our guests Lamar Madison and Yolanda Santos-Adams, the two candidates running on April 4th to be elected to the school board. This event is open to the public and will be held at Indian Trail High School and Academy's auditorium. The address is 6800 60th St. Kenosha, WI 53144. We hope to see you there!
Youth CommUNITY Conversations
Young people have a unique perspective in society. They hold powerful beliefs, skillsets, and lived experiences. We recognize they will inherit whatever world this generation creates, and, in many spaces, they represent those closest to the problems that we seek to solve. Youth CommUNITY Conversations are an opportunity to lift the youth voice and empower the next generation to proactively work to build the future they envision. Our desire is to see youth participate in collective impact work to influence policy and practice in education in Kenosha County to ensure that all children can meet their potential regardless of race, zip code or circumstance.
For the 2022-2023 school year we are excited to continue our partnership with the Kenosha Unified School District and the African American Youth Initiative (AAYI) to convene monthly conversations to provide a space for students to share their ideas and create strategies for systems change based on a student created vision. We look forward to endless possibilities through these monthly conversations.
ALL middle and high school students are welcome, Catch us each month at Indian trail High School & Academy's Library!
Here are the upcoming meeting dates:
March 29, 2023
April 19, 2023
Doors open at 4 p.m. and the conversation starts at 4:30 p.m.
• Refreshments provided •
Youth Leadership Cohort
Building Our Future sees an opportunity to engage youth and lift the student voice around decisions that directly affect them.
Taking inspiration from other communities in the Strive Together Network, we have launched a three-month opportunity for youth to lead and engage in specific projects that elevate their voice. The three-month leadership cohort provides tangible tools to help advance youth’s leadership skills in school, at work and in life. The opportunity allows KUSD high school students to develop leadership skills such as, conflict resolution, continuous improvement, organizing and event planning. Our next project will be creating and executing a Youth Town Hall: School Board Candidate Forum. This project will allow students to learn more about the school board and its responsibilities; and build community awareness around school board candidates for the 2023 KUSD school board election. Each class of our Youth Leadership Cohort will consist of twelve students.
If you're interested in more information about how to join our cohort please email Lawrence Kirby at email@example.com
To learn more about our previous cohort explore:
Curious to learn more? Hear directly from the youth who participated in our previous Youth Leadership Cohort in our Together, We're Better podcast episodes, "The Youth Takeover Part 1" and, "The Youth Takeover Part 2." And, listen to our episode on, "Why Young Voices Matter."