High School Organizing
Our high school organizing department engages students ages 13-18 within Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest and most diverse school district in the state of Wisconsin. With our Youth Power Agenda at the core, we are building the next generation of leaders of color by uplifting student voice, providing leadership development opportunities, and empowering young people to take action. Although most of our high school members are not of voting age, it does not mean they are not participating in the political process through other avenues.
In Spring of 2019, high school LIT members conducted interviews with School Board candidates, co-hosted several community forums, canvassed in their communities, and got 8 out of the 9 candidates to endorse the Youth Power Agenda. Since then, students have been meeting with School Board members to advocate for the school district they deserve. Less than two months after the election, we reached our biggest victory yet; a $600,000 divestment from the security and policing budget and reinvestment into mental health resources for students.
In 2020, we will be expanding into four additional high schools (total 16) to mobilize even more youth, run voter education and registration drives, and win more victories towards our Freedom to Thrive campaign.