Boston Students Speak Out, Make Change with Support from Youth on Board

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About 3,500 Boston high school students walked out of class in March to protest funding cuts that would have closed some public schools, cut extracurricular activities and reduced the number of Advanced Placement classes. Students organized the walkouts, but the Boston Student Advisory Council, a project of Youth on Board, has helped students develop a voice on issues that matter to them.

When youth organize around issues of concern to them, they gain a host of skills, says Rachel Gunther of Youth on Board, including public speaking, understanding budgets and relationship-building with decision-makers — as well as the empowerment that comes with knowing that you’ve made a difference . . .

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