This episode features Rainbow Chen, a student at Winooski High School in Vermont.
Rainbow Chen is a 16-year old rising senior at Winooski High School, located in the small 1.1 square mile city of Winooski, Vermont. On top of being a passionate student, she sits on many leadership positions ranging from local to state level. Locally, she works with the Nellie Mae Foundation and her school board. Statewide, she is one of only two student representatives on the State Board of Education. Rainbow strives to fight for an education that her generation can flourish and succeed in, heavily inspired by the labels often stamped on her school: low-income, low test-score, most diverse school in the state, and “failing” school. Outside of her leadership occupations, she actively participates in the fine arts by playing double bass in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and works at her family’s small Chinese restaurant.
This special episode with Rainbow Chen is available here:
This special podcast features Greg Williamson from Washington State.
For nearly three decades, while serving in other roles with the state and federal government, Greg Williamson has worked directly with young people to better involve them in the decisions that affect them. This includes establishment of several co-designed efforts: the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Student Engagement Office; the Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC); US Senator Patty Murray’s Senate Advisory Youth Involvement Team (SAYIT); the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction/Washing Association of Student Councils: Student 2 Student “Change Your World” program; student engagement authority, funding, and initiatives in various student support programs, and other youth policy and strategy work.
Greg’s MA degree is in organization renewal, and much of his work and consultation involves teaching principles of systems thinking, change, chaos, and emergence theory to youth and adults as a vehicle for school and community improvement and increasing social justice.
Greg recommends viewing Engaged, an award-winning documentary series from Washington’s public television station called TVW. It shows Washington State students engaged in civic life.
Listen to this special episode with Greg Williamson here:
This episode features Naima Raza, a student trustee for the Lambton Kent District School Board in Ontario.
Curious from a young age, Naima is committed to exploring, learning, and growth. Her experience as the founder of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, an Arabic teacher at the Sarnia Muslim Association, and a Student Trustee for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) were formative to her work in community development, social justice, and youth engagement. She recently also completed the MaRS Discovery District’s Studio Y Fellowship in Toronto, as a part of their third cohort. A youth advocate, Naima is currently working as the Student Voice Coordinator for the LKDSB. She believes in doing this work through a collaborative, critical and systems lens. This fall, Naima will be pursuing the Knowledge Integration and Public Policy programs at the University of Waterloo. Recently, Naima was appointed to the position of Director of Strategy for the Student Voice Initiative in Canada and can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This special episode with Naima Raza is available here: