Help us raise $20,000 for our inaugural Vocal Justice Teacher Fellowship, so we can reach 150+ new students
My name is Shawon Jackson, and I am the founder of Vocal Justice. Our mission is to empower Black and Brown high school students to become socially conscious leaders. We do this by engaging students in a culturally affirming public speaking program, where they build their confidence, communication skills, and critical consciousness. Ultimately, we want every student to be inspired and prepared to advocate for social justice using their authentic voice – wherever they choose to lead.
Since summer 2019, I’ve led pilots of the program directly, teaching 80+ students in 2 states across 5 program sites. It was a remarkable experience. There’s nothing like seeing a shy 9th or 10th grader recognize the power of their voice. And it’s particularly special when they want to use that gift to bring our world closer to justice. My students kept me hopeful during times that otherwise would have made me jaded.
But as much as I love teaching this program, I’m just one person. To reach more students, we’re launching the Vocal Justice Teacher Fellowship, where we’ll compensate high school educators from across the U.S. to deliver our program to students at their schools. The fellowship begins in January 2021.
I’m incredibly excited about this fellowship, but I need help raising funds. The more money we raise, the more students we serve.
I have no doubt that these students — individuals who have been silenced for far too long — can be the ones who make our world a more just, more liveable place for all. We need to invest in their potential, though. Any help you can provide will be much appreciated.
Thanks for your time, and stay safe <3
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