Creating a culture of dignity in a school can’t be limited to slogans and philosophies that have limited real-life applications. This year gives us an opportunity to raise up and integrate young people’s voices and leadership in a school as never before. Informed by speaking to students in preparation for this presentation, we will learn to transform the way we understand youth culture and create communities where young people can thrive.
No generation of parents has had to guide their children during the social media revolution we experienced in the last decade and now during a global pandemic. As parents help their children navigate a constantly changing educational environment, we know a few things are certain: the importance of our relationships with our children and building their emotional well-being and social skills. But these skills are not “soft skills;” they are essential for young people so they can engage in their education, manage their emotions and become responsible and positive members of a community.