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New Urban Arts and the Providence Youth Caucus

For the past year New Urban Arts has been a founding member of the Providence Youth Caucus (PYC). Led by Young Voices and the Providence Student Union, in partnership with four of Providence’s strongest youth organizations (New Urban Arts, H2O, RUIDL, and Youth In Action) this coalition unites students from across Providence to work with city and state leaders to improve RI’s biggest school district. Over the past year, youth representatives have met with Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, Interim Superintendent Maher, and several state Senators and Representatives to push for more personalized learning and improved discipline practices.

This fall, the PYC created the #RealTalkEDU videos series. This series of student video interviews aims to shift the citywide conversation about school climate and classroom engagement. Check out New Urban Arts student, Idrees Montequi’s #RealTalkEDU video here.

On Wednesday, April 13th, from 4-5:30 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, youth representatives from the PYC will lead a major citywide event, bringing together students, parents, and community leaders to create a list of priorities for improving Providence schools. By June, our next Superintendent will be confirmed, and the PYC will be able to present these priorities, influencing the future direction of the school district. We hope you will be able to join us at this exciting event!

Stay up to date with all the great work that the PYC and New Urban Arts have planned by following the PYC’s Facebook Page.