The access to and affordability of public space in a community plays a vital role in neighbors and neighborhoods seeing each other, spending time together and in turn, working better together. In gentrifying neighborhoods, spaces like this can become more scarce and segregated. Recently two of our Trellis Crew attended meetings on the use and priorities of public space and shared what they heard and learnedRead More
I was told that my school (summit academy) will shutdown in march 15. My principal Ms Swift was heartbroken to tell us this news. The high school students were shocked and confused.
I’ve have been a student at this school for 5 years. I started middle school and graduate to high school in summit academy. The staff at summit are like family
The fact that there was barely any standing space was amazing to see that people can all come together on a Saturday to discuss children’s education issues
During the town hall, I felt many things but the primary emotion was anger. In short, I learned that public schools have overcrowded classrooms and a lack of resources for multilingual students, causing large achievement gaps for students. The cause of all of that? Money. Public schools are highly underfunded and that is significant because, as one of the speakers said, “money matters.”Read More
One of the girls on the panel story resonated with me because many of her experiences were similar to mine. She stated that after the Trump election she began to receive backlash from her own classmates because she was one of the only minorities in her PWI. She also expressed how her teachers didn’t do anything to stop the comments nor did they comfort her. This destroys one's experience at schools because many minority students face microaggressions because of the color of their skin. Conversations like this can help integrate schools like PS 321 and create a safe space for all kids. When addressing stereotypes and diversifying schools will help gain different perspectives and genuine experiences especially in a diverse city like New York.
Now when it came to the atmosphere of the room, I felt that it was a little bit tense, as if the people coming in as well as the officers, expected some sort of conflict, so both sides went into it with their guard slightly up. Now when the people of the community stepped up to share their complaints to the precinct officials about certain officers and issues in their neighborhood and I felt as if it was overlooked and went through one ear and out the other.
Notice how I keep using quotations for affordable housing because the city justification is that it’s based off your income, but in many situations NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] residents live in 1 parent households or are seniors.Read More