During the summer of 2012, Generation Justice attended the Organizing Youth Engagement Conference in Albuquerque, NM. At the conference, Generation Justice, along with the Center for Education Policy Research, presented their Education Equity Training. The interactive training used up-to-date school success data that has been mapped both by county and school district to make clear the connections between school success and other factors like socio-economic status and health. After the training, Generation Justice asked a group of students why education was important to them.
In this video, 14-year-old Juan Valencia, a student from Clovis and a participant at the OYE conference, talks about growing up in poverty and why education is the key to helping him and others in similar situations reach toward better future where generations to come will have, as Juan says, “better schools” and “a better community.”