Aiken, South Carolina Next Generation Update

I am so very proud of our Next Generation Youth Leaders. RJ, Kapono, and Rashaad have successfully recruited eleven new members for our South Carolina Aiken site. We are very excited to welcome our new members. Dale has transferred to another school in South Carolina. Nazae has moved to North Carolina, but continues to stay connected to our site through video conferencing. He would like to begin a site where he is located. Our youth leaders divided tasks and jobs for each to complete to keep our site more organized. They all worked together to pick their focus for this academic year. RJ brought forth the idea to focus on teenage relationship violence within our school. He even suggested that we could possibly work on getting the restraining order law changed so teenagers can get restraining orders without parental permission. He also suggested getting groups to come in and do assemblies with our students and to create near peer tutors. The leaders also discussed continuing our mentoring program with North Aiken. They decided that we need to find a way for them to mentor North Aiken elementary students without them missing classes. We are working on creating a special homeroom or elective class. The leaders also are planning to conduct two family literacy nights at a location in the community. They decided they need to be trained more on how to conduct these nights before we implement one. A goal that the leaders decided was to have a family literacy night once a semester for our first year. We are all very excited about our second year with the Next Generation Leadership Network. We still have our training wheels on, but we are now smoothly riding down the block!

Kayla Hostetler
Kayla Hostetler

4 Responses to “Aiken, South Carolina Next Generation Update

  • Lou Bernieri
    2 weeks ago

    This is extraordinary, Kayla! Wow! Let’s talk on the phone about family nights. They’re really not that complicated. When you set the dates, send them to me. We’ll try to send a 2 Writing Leaders to visit you and help out.

    I’m amazed at what you and your crew have gotten done!

    Bread love,
    Lou

  • Kayla and Lou,

    My comment/reply is lost – I’ll try again to reply to this message about the phenomenal work of SC Rural AikenL Keeping Naez(and Dale) in and with us; supporting the FLN, and bringing in a SC lawyer who specializes in domestic violence to meet with RJ and others about changing the SC Law so the teens can ask for restraining orders without parental permission: MUST DO THIS.

    Kayla,
    Counting days until I see you and your team, learn more, listen to these proposals.

    Thank you all. Every one of you.

  • Dear Kayla, Lou, lil, Tim, all,

    The work on FLNs and policy issues connects across sites. ABL and SC Rural NextGen and WtS Vermont. I can imagine RJ’s interest in policy and law being supported by Lena’s What’s the Story Vermont inquiry and mentored by her – moving to 3-5 min digital media production. If interest on both sides RJ and one of the SC Rural Aiken NextGens could visit WTS NextGen.when they’re having a retreat and it’s convenient.

    Mission/Goal/Vision for Year Two: supporting and learning from NextGen youth locally and across sites – documenting with data and stories; supporting each other across sites; becoming increasingly inclusive and mutually respective of difference; Acting for equitable change that matters.

  • Dear Kayla, Lou, lil, Tim, all,

    The work on FLNs and policy issues connects across sites. ABL and SC Rural NextGen and WtS Vermont. I can imagine RJ’s interest in policy and law being supported by Lena’s What’s the Story Vermont inquiry and mentored by her – moving to 3-5 min digital media production. If interest on both sides RJ and one of the SC Rural Aiken NextGens could visit WTS NextGen.when they’re having a retreat and it’s convenient.

    Mission/Goal/Vision for Year Two: supporting and learning from NextGen youth locally and across sites – documenting with data and stories; supporting each other across sites; becoming increasingly inclusive and mutually respective of difference; Acting for equitable change that matters.

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