We speak with students Eugenia Bamfo, Alexandra Rouvinetis, and Mukilan Muthukumar, members of the NYC Youth Agenda. Using citywide student survey data, Youth Agenda teams aggregated young people’s needs to make recommendations to policymakers in five areas — housing security, food justice, mental health support, economic mobility, and leadership and civic engagement. Among the findings: large numbers of students are unaware of existing youth programs, many don’t trust the “trusted adults” in their schools, and Department of Education “student voice” efforts are tremendously understaffed.
01:16-03:19 NYC Youth Agenda and its key points
03:19-08:19 Leadership and civic opportunity—issues and recommendations
12:01-13:34 Food insecurity
13:34-14:12 Mutual aid societies
14:12-18:34 Mental health
18:34-19:49 Economic mobility
19:49-21:50 Organizational support from adult groups
21:50-22:49 Policies for schools
22:49-27:28 Policy breakfast and meetings with elected officials and policy makers
27:28-30:15 Funding for proposals
30:15-31:06 Coordination with other youth organizations
31:06-32:07 How listeners can be supportive
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Soundtrack by Podington Bear