Youth Leaders Challenge School Pushout

On Saturday October 16th, YWAT leadership core member Lillian Matanmi moderated a panel called “Youth Voices Challenge the School to Prison Pipeline.” She also presented information about the YWAT’s Suspension Stories Project.

This event was part of the National Week of Action on School Pushout organized by the Dignity in Schools Campaign. Our ally, Project NIA, organized the panel as part of the Cradle to College Pipeline Summit sponsored by the Mansfield Institute on Social Justice and Transformation. This was a terrific example of several organizations coming together to address a very serious issue that is affecting thousands of youth across the country.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign put together a great short video highlighting the Chicago events that took place during the Week of Action and featured the Youth Voices event.


About YWAT

The YWAT is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives (particularly issues of violence against girls and young women). The YWAT believes that girls and young women should be free from violence. We believe that through collective action, consciousness-raising, and organizing we can end violence against girls and young women.
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