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Leadership Talk KALEENA BERRYMAN Director, Abbott Leadership Institute What is your personal mission statement as a leader? To uplift, build, and shine a light on the beauty and brilliance that lives within our children, my people, and my community. To champion for their leadership, help them to activate their power, and challenge and remove any barriers that get in their way.

Can you tell us about your current work and how it relates to student voice and advocacy?

Young people have so much power. Yet a great deal of that power—their power, their brilliance—is left unacknowledged. Young people dream big. But their schools, particularly schools that teach black and brown children, don't consistently honor them. The systems we have in this country are fueled by racism and injustice, and my generation has spent our time trying to climb over the barriers. It is our duty to better prepare young people, not to climb as we did but to eliminate them altogether —to advocate for their rights to a quality EVERYTHING, and to make their schools and communities rise.

Profile for Butterfly Dreamz

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...