KidSpeak® 2013: Education = . . . Great Success!

KidSpeak 2013: Education = . . . 
Friday, April 26, 2013
City Hall – City Commission Chambers

School aged youth and teens let their voices be heard in front of legislators, community leaders and school officials about what education means to them at KidSpeak 2013: Education = . . .  .  Young people were asked to prepare a 2 minute speech and answer what Education means to them or answer one of the following questions: 

- How would you describe the quality of education you’re receiving? What works? What’s missing?
- Do you believe your school’s curriculum is too challenging, too easy or somewhere in between? 
- Where do you go if you need homework help? Are there too few or too many resources for this?
- In what ways are you preparing for the next grade level, college or career?
- Who or what motivates you to succeed in school? In what ways can adults reward you for a job well done?
- Describe what this (Education equals . . . ) means to you.

KidSpeak is an annual event facilitated by the Mayor’s Youth Council managed by Our Community’s Children. This year’s forum is made possible in part by funding from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee. Additional sponsors were: Our Community’s Children, City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Olive Garden and Versatility. Contact Shannon L. Harris, Program Coordinator, at 616.456.3558 or for more information.


KidSpeak 2012: Above the Influence
The Grand Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council with Our Community’s Children and Michigan’s Children presented KidSpeak 2012: Above the Influence on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Devos Place Convention Center.  KidSpeak® is an annual youth forum that gives young people in kindergarten through 12th-grade the opportunity to testify in front of their legislators, school officials and community leaders. Over nearly 20 young people addressed the role parents, legislators, teachers and the community should play in helping youth stay above the influence of alcohol, drugs and other destructive decisions. As a result of a collaboration between Our Community’s Children and the Kent County Prevention Coalition, KidSpeak® this year was part of the Live Out Live Youth Summit and over 600 young people were in attendance!

Listening panelists included:  Jordan Bush from  U.S. Representative Justin Amash’s Office; State Representatives Brandon Dillon and Ken Yonker; State Senator Dave Hildenbrand; County Commissioner Carol Hennessy; Mayor Heartwell; City Commissioners Elias Lumpkins, Ruth Kelly and Walt Gutowski; City Manager Greg Sundstrom; GRPS School Board Members Senita Lenear, Mauren Slade, Dr. Wendy Falb, and Jane Gietzen; Ben Tucker and Aya Collins from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Click here to view last year’s event.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is a program sponsored by Our Community’s Children, a public/private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools and community partners.