High Schoolers Rock the Mic, Rightnowish

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Pendarvis Harshaw listening to Jessica, a Fremont High School student.
Pendarvis Harshaw listening to Jessica, a Fremont High School student.  (Leon Sykes)

Bright and early one morning a few weeks ago, I stepped into the media academy at Fremont High School, where the walls are adorned with posters promoting Bay Area culture and groggy teenagers looked toward their teacher, Leon Sykes, as he discussed media literacy and the craft of storytelling.

I was there to guest lecture on my experience as a journalist, and to emphasize the importance of speaking out about what's going on in your life-- in your home and in your community.

As a part of my workshop, I interviewed students-- asking them to tell me about the things that grind their gears, the issues that deeply bother them, the circumstances that make them upset. My question was, 'where they got you messed up at?'

Turns out they didn't need my advice,  they knew how to use their voices, they just needed a platform and a mic. They brought up social issues, family dynamics and their sleep-to-homework ratio, as well as what can be done about these problems.

On this episode, I invite you to take a few minutes and listen to the young scholars, because they've got some valuable observations and a couple unique solutions.


Pendarvis Harshaw leads a Rightnowish workshop at Fremont High School in Oakland.
Pendarvis Harshaw leads a Rightnowish workshop at Fremont High School in Oakland. (Leon Sykes)

 

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