A Call to Courage and Action

In the face of decreasing budgets and increasing challenges, our children and youth need us more than ever. We cannot let the economic and political conditions distract us from our commitment to our children. They are watching, and it is up to each of us to stand up and to speak up. Young people need us to be courageous, to believe that we can make a difference and to believe the same about them.

The research and results speak for themselves. It is time for bold and decisive action-to move forward in partnership to implement solutions.


Imagine this Future for Your Schools

Imagine... a school and a community where young people are valued as contributors and not consumers, where they acquire the skills and opportunities to be leaders, change agents, and peace-makers. Envision a school where the staff is invested in building caring relationships with students and working with them as allies.

When we have met today's challenges, we will have empowered a generation of young people who have the courage and competence to stand up and speak up when they see intolerance and injustice. We will have passed the torch to a new generation of young leaders who are prepared to prosper, problem solve and peacefully coexist in a diverse, changing and complex world.

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. -Nelson Mandela