We pledge to support the work of Fellows organizing on their campuses and in their communities for equity in education access, tuition abolition, culturally and scientifically relevant curricula, and alternatives to formal education. As a staff, Young People For acknowledges that access to educational resources and opportunities have played integral roles in the ways many of us first enter the collective liberation movement. At the same time, we’re painfully aware of our institutions’ failures to provide curricula which speak to our lived experiences and honor our communities’ historical resistance, resilience, power, and achievements. As a Fellowship, which is first and foremost a non-formal educational program, we are committed to raising political consciousness throughout liberation movements.
An example of equity and access work can be seen in 2010 Fellow Rachel Ramirez’s Blueprint, through which she developed and coordinated the GED tutoring program for Pomona College service workers, where students worked with university employees to help them pass their GED exams.
Many thanks to Maxwell Love ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of a student-participant in 2013 Fellow Bianca Rodriguez’s Blueprint and school-based non-profit Art Critically program.