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Rethink Youth

Rethink everything. Youth will show us the way!
WATCH: “The meaning of Student Voice by students of East High School” | 1:41

Rethink Youth is a growing community of students leaning into their peers to elevate and explore the power of youth voice in changing education.

In collaboration with KCSIC, Rethink Youth held the first virtual youth-led conference for Kansas City high school students on February 2021. Rethink Youth, through the virtual conference, began to re-imagine, re-design, and re-build the education system. Learn more about Rethink Youth 2021.

Why Rethink Youth?

WATCH: “A student-created mural at DeLaSalle Education Center” | 3:40

Student voice helps to democratize the classroom and boost student empowerment and engagement through choice. Young people have not been equipped with the language and platform necessary to deeply influence and take ownership of their educational experience. So, youth voice lies at the heart of Rethink Youth. By elevating youth voice, perspective, and opinion, we all will have to rethink what young people can do.

Rethink Youth invites students in to have real world learning experiences, leverage communication skills to tell their perspective about teen life, and address the issues they think are most important in rethinking education. Then we bring that youthful innovation to educators and changemakers so they can mobilize change with youth.

Presenting High Schools

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KCSIC is an equity-centered nonprofit managing a portfolio of programs, projects, and pilots that create a network for technology, community, investment, education, and business sectors to work directly with youth, and come together to solve Kansas City’s biggest problems, and help transform communities.