NextGen–ATL Fall Update

For NextGen–ATL, the fall priority is building our community–which, as community builders know, is no small feat. We are grateful to have some natural partners: Booker T. Washington High School and Raising Expectations, Inc. and we are working with both to figure out how we can work together to accomplish mutual goals. There are many activities in motion:

–We have identified a long term project, “Westside Youth Speak,” that will again be the focus of our energy come January. The effort will be on developing knowledge and expertise related to using digitial technologies to tell our own stories, to lift up our own neighborhoods for better understanding, to articulate our own vision and ideas, and to propose strategies for change that we find meaningful.

–We will continue our emphasis on learning more about Westside communities and celebrating these legacies. Our first step this fall is sponsoring for Booker T. Washington High School students a field trip to Tuskegee Institute, so that students can connect their own educational legacies at a high school named for Booker T. Washington to the legacies of the university that he founded. We hope also to get our book club underway and to take advantage, when we can, of special opportunities that are occurring in the venues around us so that we can build knowledge and insight regarding the issues and challenges that matter to us.

–With the ongoing upgrades for the Communities Who Know Data Dashboard, we anticipate working with college students and community members to figure out how to make good use of community data (quantitative and qualitative) as we find ways to work together to develop and enhance the capacity of Westside communities to thrive.

–Last but not least, we are delighted to facilitate the participation of NGLN–Allen/Aiken and NGLN–KY with us on a youth panel for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Southern Education Foundation – in a forum entitled the “Reimagine Education Forum: Advancing Bold Solutions for Equity.”

So, we’re not quite up to our best stride as NextGen–ATL, but we’re working on it, and we look forward to keeping the other sites informed about what we’re trying to do and to letting them know how inspired we are by what they too are doing and trying to do.

Jacqueline Royster

4 Responses to “NextGen–ATL Fall Update

  • Beverly Moss
    3 weeks ago

    Jackie,
    The plans for BLTN NextGen Atlanta look great. The trip to Tuskegee is an incredible opportunity for young people to connect with the legacy of Booker T. Washington and to see how they fit within that legacy..

  • I appreciate this update, Jackie ( @jroyster ), and NextGen-ATL crew. I’d love to hear young people’s reflections from the trip to Tuskegee, and/or the Southern Education Foundation panel.. Keep us posted, please.

    Best,
    Tom

  • Jacqueline J. Royster
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks to you both.

    Yes, the students will be doing a little bit of writing on the bus ride back. Unfortunately, I can’t go with them but the person who is escorting them believes in journaling about field trips, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the impact and results of the trip. I will be glad to let the group know how things go.

  • Ceci Lewis
    3 weeks ago

    Jackie,
    It appears to me that NextGen-ATL is in full swing. The cross-site presentation, the trip to Tuskegee, and the plans for Westside Youth Speak sound absolutely incredible. I, too, want to hear from the youth about their experiences, both on the panel and on the trip. Thank you for the energy.
    Ceci

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