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Youth Voice Matters

02 September 2021 |

"…The more creative opportunities we have when we are younger, the more we will be innovative as adults. Doing things outside the box betters ourselves but also the world."
–Samantha Cherrez

A Message to Teachers from a Student
Featuring Samantha Cherr

While going back to school in person might be nerve-racking and/or exciting it's important to know you're not alone. Going back to school in person after so much time and change is the perfect opportunity to begin what I like to call our “new normal.” Creating a safe place where students feel comfortable will not only allow for easier classroom management but also improve the overall outcome of the students’ learning experience. This begins with allowing your students to get to know you as well as you getting to know each student. The number one priority of school is for the student to attain knowledge not to memorize and regurgitate information for tests. That being said, don’t be afraid to try new things because there's no manual or “one size fits all.” This is your time to shine and show off your creativity. This could look like, but is not limited to, having a professional debate in class where both parties learn and understand the different sides of a situation (in a book or history). Last but not least, take the time to meet with every student individually to discuss what they might need help with to ensure the best academic outcome. We’re all figuring this out together; some methods will work and some won’t - that’s okay. Teachers work hard and are appreciated, so thank you for taking the time to read a student's message.

My name is Samantha, I'm a sophomore in high school, from Rochester NY, and a member of the Youth Leadership Council with Whole Child Connection of Children’s Institute. I've been working with the Youth Leadership Council to advocate for positive change in the community. I'd like to continue this work for as long as I can. I'm a strong believer in using your voice to make an impact regardless of age and circumstance. My goal is to create positive change and inspire other youth to use their voice too. My unique perspective is what has brought me this far and will continue to allow me to grow.

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