Students from the Providence Youth Caucus met with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza to promote the goals outlined in their youth-written education platform “The Schools Providence Students Deserve.”
Student leaders from the PYC explained their goals to expand student-centered learning in Providence, and asked the administration to focus on:
• Re-examining suspension policies to reduce suspensions and expand positive, restorative discipline practices citywide
• Increasing personalized learning through internships and career-oriented classes.
Mayor Elorza was actively interested in the PYC representatives’ points, and his staff agreed to meet again with the PYC soon to discuss the city’s progress on these issues.
The PYC is a coalition of youth representatives from Hope High Optimized, New Urban Arts, Providence Student Union, Rhode Island Urban Debate League,Young Voices, Youth in Action, Youth Pride Inc., and YouthBuild Providence.