Spring break is usually a time to kick back and relax, but for the students in Waterbury's STIR program, it was an opportunity to connect, learn, and ignite change. These high school juniors and seniors, along with their facilitator Jurea, embarked on an unforgettable trip to Washington DC to deepen their understanding of systemic racism and amplify their voices.
STIR, a free after-school program, provides an uncensored space for students to explore the history of systemic racism and learn about Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). As part of their journey, the group visited the National Museum of African American History, where the exhibits brought the stories in their focus book, "Stamped" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi, to life.
But STIR isn't just about learning history; it's about empowering these young minds to create positive change in their community. By connecting with anti-racist leaders and initiatives in Waterbury, the students are laying the groundwork for a more inclusive future.
One of the program's most exciting projects is a documentary that captures the students' experiences, learnings, and personal growth. This visual testimony will be shared with their peers, spreading awareness and inspiring others to join the fight against racism.
So, while some may have spent their spring break on the beach, these young leaders were busy STIRring up change, proving that knowledge is power and that our youth hold the key to a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.