We would like to thank the following partners for helping bring the Youth Summit to life:
Hot in Here Productions
"We are excited to be partnering with filmmaker Alexandra Nikolchev, founder of Hot in Here Productions. Alexandra is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose work explores today's community-based and youth-led movements to address the biggest issues plaguing our society. Her last documentary film, No Le Digas a Nadie, was about a young woman and her mother in Queens, New York who found an unlikely path to U.S. citizenship after speaking out about being undocumented. Alexandra approached Y-TACD and Y-RJ after seeing a fundraising video for the groups' summer internship program. She was inspired by the students' clear passion and fierce leadership around social justice and their data-based approach to fighting disproportionality in their schools. With the help of filmmaker Christina Li, Alexandra has been filming the groups since October and will be filming at the Youth Summit. She hopes to eventually release a documentary accessible to the public and as a resource for other students to address disproportionality in their schools. Alexandra helped to direct the opening video for the 2019 Youth Summit."
"Founded in 2016, Peer Connect is an education consulting firm with a focus on restorative practices and culturally relevant pedagogy. We believe the best way to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline is to reshape education communities towards relationship building, youth leadership and conflict resolution skills using a restorative lens.
Our goal is to create professional learning spaces, in which participants can deeply understand and connect with the indigenous history and principles of restorative practices. Through trainings designed to engage ALL community-based stakeholders - including school-based staff, students and families - we support + encourage the exploration of the ways in which restorative practices can be purely and proactively implemented within their school communities. "
NYU Metro Center
"The NYU Metro Center promotes equity and opportunity in education through engaged science work: applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis, community engagement, and professional assistance to educational, governmental, and community agencies serving vulnerable populations. Last year, the Metro Center's Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD) partnered with Borough Student Advisory Council (BSAC) to form the Youth Technical Assistance Center on Addressing Disproportionality (YTACD). In the spirit of Freire, TACD realized it was not enough for only adults to be at the table to do this important work in disrupting educational disparities among youth. In partnership and solidarity, TACD and BSAC birthed YTACD, the first youth representation of its kind since TACD was created decades ago."