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NO MORE at Crispus Attucks

It Always Seems Impossible Until it is Done: Student leaders at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet Middle and High School continue to shape their school culture into an environment focused on kindness, compassion, and empathy.

I have been the Youth Program Manager for about 15 months, and I have met many young people throughout our community. There are many reasons why I love my job, but one reason that stands out the most is the opportunity I am given to meet powerful, intelligent, resourceful, kind, and innovative young leaders who are often times silenced because of their age. Let me tell you, the student leaders at Crispus Attucks are making a difference, and I am going to make sure everyone knows about it.  

Below you will find a link to a news story about the No More Club at Crispus Attucks. I have never been the best at portraying my feelings in writing in a way that the reader is fully able to understand my experiences, but here I go!

As I watched Dakiya and Francisco, student leaders in the No More Club, answer the questions posed to them by the cameraman, I could not help but think about the countless people they were about to touch. I was in awe of the courage they had to answer questions from a stranger, all the while knowing those answers would be seen by thousands of television viewers. One of the first thoughts I had when I heard Dakiya and Francisco’s heartfelt and important words was that these two young people, and the young people in the No More Club, are EXTRAORDINARY.

However, if you asked Dakiya or Francisco; or the students in the No More Club, if they were extraordinary, I bet they would say “no.” After spending numerous hours with this group, I have learned how incredibly humble and resilient they are. I have learned that these student leaders are ordinary young people trying to make a difference in their school and community by doing what they believe to be right. Dakiya, Francisco, and the other student leaders are using their experiences to change our community for the better, and that is a gift for which I am endlessly grateful.

To watch the news story about the No More Club, click on the link below:

Stay Kind,

Lindsay Stawick