Student Leader Strengthening Advocacy Work
Branajha Rembert, Boston Latin Academy, Class of 2017
Last summer, I had the privilege of working at Mass Mentoring Partnership for eight weeks as part of Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program. This program gives more than 200 high school student leaders around the country opportunities to learn how government and the private and public sectors come together to address issues facing communities. My project with MMP was to support their public advocacy work in dropout prevention. MMP is promoting policies that would help bring greater adult support to students and strengthen their connection to school. My job was to help collect survey data from students to support the case for “graduation coaches” at schools. I helped reach out to young people to get them to complete more than 250 surveys. I also organized focus groups of my peers to get their views on what school is like for them and how it might be better with more adults in school who they could connect with.
I loved my experience at MMP because I truly believe in their mission. Relationships with adults are very important for young people. I wouldn’t be where I am today without adults who cared about me and wanted to see me succeed. I was also able to see how a nonpro t works which is important for me because I want to start my own someday. I want to help my community and working at MMP gave me a great experience that I can build on in the future.