South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students are making a community impact with 8th grade Social Studies teacher Stephanie Rivera’s after school club, Students for Social Change.
Students for Social Change — joined by their counterparts from Maplewood Middle School — will hold a Youth in Action night on Wednesday, April 5th from 4-6pm in the South Orange Middle School Auditorium. This event will be a night where parents and the public can see all of the incredible work students have been working on this past year. Since September, these 6-8th graders have taken on important action-research projects working for racial justice, environmental justice, gender equality, improving school effectiveness, and LGBTQ+ rights. This research has been quantitative and qualitative, including original interviews. The research has been performed with the goal of creating action-based solutions.
The club will also go on a trip to Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Annual Youth in Action Symposium in New Brunswick on May 1st where they will present their projects to an audience beyond the SOMA community. The schedule includes a free campus tour, free lunch and dinner, team-building games and activities, and time for students to practice their presentations before the symposium.