It’s time to follow through on turning ideas into action. First is this blog. Enough with thinking and talking about blogging, it’s time to just do it and write.

So here goes…

Idea 1: Listen to young people about their educational experiences, create a safe venue to hear their voices and ideas, and then empower and support young people to take action.

So who is doing this work already? Turns out an organization called What Kids Can Do (www.whatkidscando.org) showcases voices and work from the next generation. Founded in 2001, WKCD believes in “the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. The youth who concern WKCD most are those marginalized by poverty, race, and language.” They even have their own publisher Next Generation Press giving students opportunities to be authors.

If it wasn’t 11pm, I would pick up the phone and call WKCD. I have so many questions after reading and browsing their website. How can I bring some of what they do to my community and to the schools I work with? How can I help to find funding so more young people’s voices are heard?

WKCD is my first lead. I will write in future posts about what happens after I call them. Who else is listening to youth voices especially when thinking about improving schools and education in general? I am good with ideas. I like talking and thinking about ideas and get excited about the possibilities with each new idea. What is difficult for me is follow through on some of those ideas in the form of actions that make a difference. Writing a blog is my personal accountability check. I want to do more than just have ideas. I want to take some ideas to the next level and make positive things happen for young people and in the process…transform education.

This is a journey in following through on some ideas and documenting what happens. I hope you will join me.

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