Schools that Work for Us
CYCLE partners with communities and school districts looking to build collective power through grassroots leadership, organizing, advocacy, and relationship building. It is important to our team to center and prioritize the experiences and expertise of people most negatively impacted by racial, cultural, and class-based hierarchies. To that end, we work in solidarity with dozens of community and school partners. One of those partners, Hearing Youth Voices, a youth-led social justice organization in New London, Connecticut, last summer invented the “Schools that Work for Us” framework for thinking comprehensively about school transformation and what needs to be taken down and what needs to be (re)built in order for schools to be sites of true growth, development, and freedom for Black and Brown young people.