STUDENTS KNOW WHAT PROBLEMS AFFECT THEM EVERY DAY. WHEN YOU GIVE THEM THE TOOLS, THEY CAN BUILD.
- Lauryn, Humanities Amped Junior
Knowing that I have that support from teachers makes me not want to give up. I have a great appreciation for the way they teach us with great dedication and infinite patience.
- Rodolfo, Humanities Amped English Language Learner
Before joining Humanities Amped in the 10th grade, Jaden felt disconnected, like her voice didn’t matter, as though she could do very little to make the world a better place. Looking back, she reflects on how she first felt in Humanities Amped, “I thought it was silly. How could I transform the world, when I could barely transform myself?” Now in her senior year of high school, Jaden says, “I’m a lot different now. They taught me that if you want something to change, you have to change it yourself.” Now Jaden works every day to change the world around her. In her Amped English class, she reads articles and writes a personal narrative about invisible disabilities as part of her action-research project. At lunch, she meets with her Amped Dreamkeeper college mentor, a first generation college student herself, who helps Jaden with college applications. After school, she works as an inaugural member of the Amped Youth Leadership Council, and in her free time, she attends our Fresh Heat teen open mic, where she moved the crowd in November with her poem about preventing youth suicide. At seventeen, Jaden is connected, hopeful, and confident that her voice matters. “Humanities Amped taught me to transform the world,” Jaden explains, “I did. I still am. And after everything that I’ve learned, I will never stop.”
Can you imagine what would be possible if every middle and high school student in East Baton Rouge Public Schools felt the way that Jaden does? The mission of Humanities Amped is to amplify human connection, youth voice, and civic engagement in public schools. Now in our sixth year, we train and support a network of 28 Amped Educators, reaching 1,000 students in five high poverty EBR public middle and high schools. Amped classrooms receive curriculum and coaching geared at civic engagement and youth well-being along with in-class support from Humanities Amped staff and volunteers. Students benefit from our Forward Arts poetry workshops & events, Dreamkeepers college access mentorship, fall & spring conferences showcasing student research and community engagement, and our upcoming Educators Rising after-school academy.
What does an investment in youth hope look like? We believe that hope is an investment that multiplies. Recently, Tricia Sanchez generously invested 35K in Humanities Amped; with her investment she gave a matching challenge to raise an additional 35K by January 31, 2020. Every day, we ask our youth to courageously match all that we invest in them. Thus far, returns on that investment look like a 22% increase in graduation rates for students in Amped classrooms; they look like 20% increased academic achievement on state tests for students in Amped classes two years in a row compared to their peers not in Amped classes. Most importantly, they look like youth making their own investment, as Jaden has, in the life-long project of transforming the world around them. Today, we are asking you to invest in hope with us by making a donation toward our vision to provide every student with an amped education.
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BEFORE I GOT IN AMPED I WOULD HAVE NEVER SEEN MYSELF DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I CAN HONESTLY SAY IT HAS BUILT MY CONFIDENCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL. I FEEL LIKE I CAN TAKE ON ANY CHALLENGE THAT'S GIVEN MY WAY.
- Makaylen, Humanities Amped Junior