Transforming our education system and wider society through strengthening student leadership and training them to organize.
Instilling a positive racial identity in BIPOC students, encouraging them to embody their power.
Amidst generations of racialized police brutality toward young Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color, SEJ is urgently working to protect the young people of New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) through the SOS campaign.
In light of the New Haven Board of Education’s decision to maintain the SRO system in NHPS, SEJ continues to imagine and fight for police-free schools in New Haven.Get Involved
We work alongside youth to train them to step into leadership roles and leverage their voice and power. Political and organizing trainings and workshops are taught through an anti-racist lens and focus mainly on institutional racism, adultism, anti-Blackness, classism, white supremacy and other systems of oppression.Learn More
SEJ members utilize their voice to advocate for the issues that are important to them at both the local and state level. Many SEJ members have been part of panel discussions and led workshops around issues of adultism, anti-Blackness, and educational injustices.Explore our Advocacy Efforts
Training that helps young people step into leadership roles and into their voice and power is essential in our organization. Every week at our member meetings, young people come together to engage in political education workshops, to learn how to organize to create change in their communities, and to hone their leadership skills. We also ensure that the young people and adults on our team have access to powerful and engaging youth organizing trainings around the region.Become a Student Organizer
SEJ is celebrating our 5–year anniversary this year in community and youth power. We began hosting our weekly member meetings in-person at the Institute Library, a long-time community partner and supporter of our work. We have since moved our member meetings to the New Haven Free Public Library with whom we’re excited to begin quarterly programming for young people.
In this new year, we’re looking forward to analyzing the data of over 300 responses to our student survey measuring New Haven student opinions on the presence of SROs and metal detectors in their schools, as well as the inadequacies of current mental health resources. Realizing the urgency of mental wellness, SEJ members are researching topics like trauma-informed therapy and restorative justice in order to understand alternatives to policing and punitive measures in their schools.
Other SEJ members are working on a semester-long video project that will feature students, teachers, counselors, and SROs discussing mental health in New Haven schools. SEJ members are also getting out into the community: we have upcoming volunteer plans with the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and local elementary schools.
We’ve excitedly welcomed a new youth organizing intern, Ethan, a first-year from ESUMS, as we also prepare for the graduation and subsequent departure of our current youth organizer, Kaatje, who has invested so much time and work with us for the past two years.
We want to thank the following organizations for supporting our work in the past year and for constantly centering young voices with us: District Arts & Education, New Haven Public Library, Institute Library, ArtSpace, NXTHVN, Epic Theater Ensemble, CT Justice Alliance, CT Voices for Children, University of New Haven, LEAP, and New Haven Promise.