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To Whom It Should Concern is a student-powered program providing physical and digital platforms for students to address issues within education. Designed by Teens Take Charge, a student-led coalition based in New York City, this rotating series invites students to deliver testimony in the form of open letters, spoken word, and poetry about different aspects of their daily experiences in school, shining a light on issues few policymakers are willing to confront. With more than 1,800 schools and 1.1 million students, the New York City public school system is the nation’s largest, but it’s also one of the most segregated by race and class. In this collaboration with The Bell Podcast, you'll find information about the events, but also ways in which to participate, especially if you're a student living in another part of the country.  

What happened when we gave students two platforms, a library system, and a few pens? Teens Take Charge, a student-led coalition ready to tackle the inequities in the New York City public school system. Meet the faces of and forces behind the movement. 

On April 28th, students from Harlem and the Bronx took the stage to deliver inaugural testimony in the form of letters, essays, spoken word, and poetry about a single aspect of their educational experience. See images from the launch event, and info on upcoming events.

Are you a student who can't make the event, either because you're busy or live across the country? Write a letter, snap a photo, and send it over. We'll read your story aloud in front of a packed auditorium with the cameras rolling. 

Teens Take Charge was founded with the support of The Bell (an education podcast rooted in student narratives) and Handwritten. We are deeply grateful to The New York Public Library for opening up their doors to this rotating event. In particular, The Bronx Library Center for hosting our first launch event on April 28th. For press inquiries, contact Taylor McGraw at taylor@bellpodcast.com. If interested in having Teens Take Charge visit your organization, school, or community, email teenstakechargenyc@gmail.com.