How to Nurture Student Leadership
Elicit opinions and ideas from young people, and allow those ideas to systemically influence practices and policies in a school:
- Ask young people directly what they need and want in order to feel safe and nurtured in school.
- Empower a group of youth researchers — send them out regularly to investigate issues relevant to students and school climate.
- Integrate young people into school leadership teams that are looking at questions of safety and belonging.
- Partner with existing community-based organizations that are doing violence-prevention work and who have young people already engaged in it.
For more details and guidance, see Student Activism and Gun Control