To us, reimagining American K–12 education is more than a just cause, it’s the most important work we can do as a democracy. Equipped with nonpartisan research and proven tools, 50CAN citizen-advocates drive the creation of stronger, more equitable schools in every state and community in our network.
The 50CAN network has been building and running advocacy campaigns in communities across the country for years. But after searching far and wide, we’ve never found a book that we could give to advocates that would teach them what they need to know. So, we decided to create our own.50CANRead the 50CAN Guidebook →
To make sure Hawaii’s students and teachers have a chance to lead, last year HawaiiKidsCAN launched WAVE – a program that empowers both students and teachers to learn advocacy tactics, craft policy proposals, and submit their recommendations to the legislature and Board of Education.
We’re excited to share the perspectives of four student leaders from this program with you – Pua Olena Torres, Dyson Chee, Camron Johnson-Lee and Phoenix Maimiti Valentine – on the eve of their new school year. Pua, Dyson, Camron and Phoenix are pursuing their education in diverse ways – at a traditional public, at a charter high school and in homeschooling environments. All of them, however, are emblematic of the incredible individuals in the WAVE Youth Program who all have a desire to see a more just and equitable state, country and world.