We're so pleased with the way that our Citizen Scientist program is shaping up that we're doing it again! Drawing inspiration from youth activists such as IntegrateNYC, Parkland students, Greta Thunberg, and so many more, we're pleased to introduce a sister program -- Citizen Activist! TR@TC staff spent July working with TR@TC alumni and local high school students brainstorming and planning a three-week curriculum that will bring students from multiple NYC schools together over the summer. They'll explore US government structures, dive into the history of activism in the US, and research and plan their own activist strategies to effect change in their communities.
Part of the planning process consisted of field trips around NYC and taking advantage of the many resources available in our own backyard! We toured The People's Forum (which provides a space for grassroots organizations and individuals to connect and gather ideas for collective action) and visited the New York Transit Museum (as public transportation quite literally provides -- or denies -- access to opportunities), the Brooklyn Historical Society (where we learned about how Brooklynites care for their health in addition to the history of LGBTQ activism in Brooklyn), the Tenement Museum (a great resource for thinking about immigrants' rights), the Undesign the Redline Exhibit at the Andrew Freedman Home (which insightfully exposes the ways in which our society is built on racism), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where you can find a treasure trove of knowledge about the global black experience).
Exciting things are happening! Check out the student-run _citizenactivist account on Instagram, and give us a follow! In the meantime, we definitely recommend visiting one of the spaces mentioned above.