An Evening to Stand Up for your Rights

In the spring of 2016, approximately 3,500 BPS students successfully staged a classroom walk-out in protest of public school budget cuts. We’re excited to announce that members of the UMass Boston Practicum Community Research Project on the 2016 BPS Student Walk-out Movement will be speaking at An Evening To Stand Up For Your Rights on Tuesday, May 21st.

Andrew King, a PhD Candidate in Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston, Mariette Bien-Aime Ayala, a Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies at UMass Boston, and BPS student walk-out leaders will discuss their experiences and speak to the impact of youth-led social change.

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Congratulations to the Winners of our Essay Contest!

We’re excited to announce that two students have been selected to read their essays on leadership and activism at our upcoming gala, and present the 2019 Champions of Justice award to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (above) and Conan Harris.

Congratulations to Sapna Malhotra, a second grader from the Eliot School, and Essence Smith, a junior from Excel Academy Charter High School, for their passion and hard work! Hear what they have to say at “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders” on Friday, May 31st at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter.

“Across this nation, young people are leading the way, which has been the case for every social movement throughout our history. They are organizing and mobilizing and calling us to action, making plain the high stakes the next generation faces, from gun violence to climate change to the future of work to the solvency of social security” – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
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Looking for Volunteers

We’re looking for volunteer docents to conduct tours on the following dates. Please contact Johnny Sadoff at if you’re interested and available!

  • Wednesday, May 22nd – 11:00am-12:00pm – Weston Council on Aging
  • Tuesday, May 29th – 10:30am-11:30am – German International School
  • Wednesday, May 29th – 2:00pm-3:00pm – The Boston Lawyers Group

A huge thank you to all of the incredible volunteers who worked with us in April:

Kevin Boyle, Zeta Crawford, Pascal David, Julia-Jonas Day, Betsy Gabrielson, Kathryn Gillis, Lauren Godles-Milgroom, Carolyn Hoffman, Sam Hurst-Macdonald, Lisa Jacobson, Hervens Jeanbaptiste, Rachel Jellinek, Anastassia Korin, Elaine Leete, Kaleigh Lightbourne, Palmetta Lightbourne, Allyson Lowitz, Claire Nivola, David Pearson, Jane Peachy, Alicia Pierozzi, Linda Robrish, Shawn Rosier, Jasmine Sadeghani, Jessica Sadeghani, Suzanne Schlossberg, and Kevin Wessel

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Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.