Yesterday morning, the students heard from the Family Support Coordinator of the local International Rescue Committee and visited Computers4Kids in the afternoon. Today we had our last speaker, the Lead Organizer from IMPACT. She really helped the students gain a deeper understanding of the difference between charity and justice.
It has been a whirlwind of activity and lots of information to absorb, but the students eagerly brainstormed possible education and advocacy projects to work on and were busy all afternoon making plans. The energy and passion of these youth is inspiring and a little overwhelming.
Everyone we encountered along the way made comments about how impressed they were with these kids and their ability to grasp complex concepts and be so engaged. While I also think this is a special group of kids, I know they can't be the only ones with this potential and it makes me wonder why we, as society, have such a difficult time appreciating the input, perspectives and contributions of our youth. I know I've certainly been aggravated by the idea of anyone not taking these kids seriously.