NGLN grassroots Social Action Teams led by Bread Loaf-connected community mentors and young people from Lawrence, MA; Atlanta; rural South Carolina; Louisville, KY; Vermont; and Navajo communities will convene at BLSE’s Ripton VT campus July 12-15, 2017 for a planning session to launch BLTN’s Next Generation Leadership Network. Along with issues that need to be addressed, NGLN young people bring to the table insightful perspectives on their worlds, knowledge, skills, talents, and an extensive repertoire of communicative and expressive practices. They have the capacity to be thought leaders, researchers, analysts, and storytellers. As a cohort, they set a compelling framework for a more richly defined view of “American diversity.” Their presence and their roles change conversations about education inside and outside of BLTN and public school classrooms and about public policy.


July 6th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-ATL (Atlanta, GA)   Love Atlanta, Love Ourselves NextGen—ATL is determined that there is still much to cherish, celebrate, and preserve in Atlanta, and it is determined to help our youth to see how special our urban places have been, are now, and will continue to be if we bring our knowledge, vision, and enthusiasm…

South Carolina

July 6th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-SC: Rural Youth Action Team (Allendale / Aiken, SC) Sustainable Change The Rural Youth Advocacy Team (RYAT), located at sites in Allendale and Aiken, SC, is dedicated to using youth ingenuity and knowledge to address pressing community issues and creating catalysts for sustainable change. Together, we hope to identify key issues impacting young people in…

Navajo Nation

July 6th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-La Casa Roja (Navajo Nation and the World) Global Youth Leadership La Casa Roja is a non-profit organization founded by Bread Loaf Teacher Network Members Carissa Brownotter, Rex Lee Jim, and Ceci Lewis. The purpose of La Casa Roja Youth Advocacy Team is to promote healthy, sustainable solutions to problems that indigenous youth face. Founded…

What’s the Story? Kentucky

July 6th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-Louisville: Food Literature & What's the Story? (Louisville, KY) Food, Wellness, and Community Health Since 2010, Fern Creek High School in Louisville's Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) system has continued to evolve and emerge as a hub for student-centered and community-based initiatives. The Food Lit. program, started by Mr. Brent Peters, engages over 100 students…
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What’s the Story? Vermont

July 4th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-VT: What's the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team Evolved Citizenship What’s the Story? (WtS) empowers young people in secondary schools across Vermont to become informed, strategic, and empathic change agents on topics of social concern. At no cost to students or schools, WtS nurtures and networks self-reflective young leaders through authentic, challenging,…

Lawrence, MA

July 4th, 2017 Tim O'Leary
NextGen-Andover Bread Loaf (Lawrence, MA) Creating Opportunity and Overcoming Disadvantages Andover Bread Loaf’s mission is to promote literacy and educational revitalization in the most economically disadvantaged school systems and communities around the world, particularly in US urban public schools. Founded in 1987, ABL started as a member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network, a professional…