Ashley Letts


These Activists Were Fed Up With The Education System, So They Came Up With Their Own

“We’re the last to be thought of and the first to have our funding cut.”

A few weeks ago in Baltimore — right around the time Confederate monuments were taken down — a group of social entrepreneurs and grassroots activists gathered at the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy for a summit dedicated to helping them tackle complex issues, many of which uniquely affect America’s youth. For 10 days, they tried to find ways to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, best advocate for marginalized students, and even overcome the hidden roots of systemic racism.

“We were surrounded by people genuinely concerned with humanity’s ability to correct its own trajectory,” says attendee Muhammed Najee-ullah. “I had to let go of my own suspicions and drop my guard to really be able to see and experience the value in front of me. This group’s compassion for society and humanity is the foundation for new systems that will enhance the quality of life for all of us.”

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