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Vote for Portland Empowered’s youth group to win $50K!

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Vote for Portland Empowered’s youth group to win $50K!
Posted on 11/14/2016
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Portland Empowered’s youth group, Youth Engagement Partners (YEPs), is on the ballot for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Engagement Contest – and the group could win $50,000 if it gets the most online votes.

Supporters are urged to vote for YEPs, which works to elevate student voice across Portland’s public schools,
throughout the month of November at:  http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/award-nominees/

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award will honor a New England youth organizing group that has shown tremendous commitment to advancing student-centered learning or redesigning education to meet the needs of all students – specifically focused on public secondary education. The finalist with the most votes will receive a $50,000 grant for their organization. These grant funds must be utilized to continue the organization’s work around advancing student-centered learning or redesigning education to meet the needs of all students.

Over the past year, YEPs has worked to improve relationships between teachers and students in their schools. This is done by engaging teachers and other school staff in youth-designed and youth-led workshops about education and what it is like to be a student today. YEPs are working hard to ensure schools recognize that students have expertise to share with teachers, just as teachers have expertise to share with students. YEPs are committed to addressing challenges that arise within education creatively and collaboratively.

Portland Empowered is a project of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service that works as a community partner, championing the voice of parents and families to improve educational outcomes for students.