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The New Normal

What social problem worries elementary school children so much that they devote twelve weeks to trying to solve it? For two SLP classes attending school in underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, the answer is gun violence. During the fall session of SLP’s

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Activist Spotlight: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Throughout 2019, we are releasing exclusive interviews from young activists around the country. We believe that no matter your age, you can create real change. Each person featured in this series embodies that belief. Today, we bring you a conversation

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Activist Spotlight: Kate Griem

Throughout 2019, SLP will be releasing exclusive interviews from young activists around the country. We believe that no matter your age, you can create real change. Each person featured in this series embodies that belief. To kick off 2019, we

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State and Local Efforts to Improve Civics Education Are on the Rise

“Many people, especially young people, are no longer content to sit on the sidelines while their futures are decided by others.  Comprehensive civics education will equip our students with the tools they need to become the informed, active citizens our

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The “Youth Vote” & the Midterms: What Happened?

Historically, voter turnout for midterm elections is disappointing at best (ie. in 2014: a very disheartening 36.4%). But the political energy around and leading up to the 2018 midterms, widely considered a watershed moment, pointed to a change in voter

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Brooklyn Teens: Join the SLP Youth Board!

Are you a Brooklyn high school student who is passionate about making positive change in your community? SLP is committed to integrating youth voice in all aspects of our work. Starting in November, our new Youth Board will meet monthly

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SLP Students Join the Fight For Gun Control: Part 2

“People think we are so young, or we don’t know what we’re talking about but we’re the ones who are going to make a difference.” SSC Founding member As we shared in the last post, after the horrific shootings in

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SLP Students Join the Fight for Gun Control: Part 1

In February, after the horrific shooting that took the lives of 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, seniors at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn decided it was time to take action.  They had just started  SLP’s Residency Program

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Discovering the Root Cause: School Food Waste

A critical component of the SLP model is that projects are as student-driven as possible, at every step of the process. It’s always exciting to see students light up the moment they realize they are “in charge.” During the first

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At Fourteen Years Old, Tackling Police Brutality

When eighth graders at Boerum Hill School for International Studies (BHS) gathered for their first SLP session, the tragic massacre in Las Vegas was fresh in their minds. During their issue brainstorming session, gun violence and terrorism were early suggested

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