Help Anastatia Raise $150 for CYAP!

 Me and a few CYAP youth leaders hanging out with organizers at the Community Justice for Youth Institute during our site visit to Chicago in February!

Me and a few CYAP youth leaders hanging out with organizers at the Community Justice for Youth Institute during our site visit to Chicago in February!

When I first joined the Carolina Youth Action Project, I was excited and open to learning. I had no clue how much I would grow and experience here, let alone how clueless I actually was to so much in this world when it comes to identity. I not only got the chance to watch the youth grow, mature, and build relationships, but I did just as much and had the opportunity to have my daughter take this journey as well. I learned just as much from her and the other youth as they did from me.

What I really love about CYAP is the empowerment of all women and girls as individuals. Each person is valuable and has a voice. Each person is treated humanely and welcomed whole heartedly. You don't find that everywhere. At CYAP, I feel free, comfortable, safe, and I can be myself without fear of judgement or ridicule. That's what CYAP offers.

Working with CYAP also makes me think back to when I was in school. One of the good things I remember is that through strong relationships with select staff members (teachers, mentors, guidance counselors) I felt safe. I did not need SROs (school resource officers) to feel safe. These days, SROs have much more of a presence in schools, but this doesn't help students feel safe. SROs are used most times to reinforce negative and outdate laws such as the SC School Disturbance and Zero Tolerance policies that put our children out of schools and into the prison system versus higher education.

Another thing I remember from my school days is that there were so many unanswered questions after taking sex ed classes. We at CYAP want to change that.

Our youth leaders are working to transform school environments so that youth are not put into the school to prison pipeline and are able to have all the important knowledge they need to know from sex ed classes. It would mean a lot to me if you would support this important work.

Please support our "Safer Schools without SROs" and "Sex Education Beyond Abstinence" youth-led campaigns by donating and helping me reach my fundraising goal of $150!

Thank you,

Anastatia

Kenya Cummings