Article written by Lauren Hall, a graduate student in the dual MAAA/MPA program at SPEA. She is the Co-Founder of Indy Pulse and is an alumna of Teach for America-Indianapolis. This summer she interned with The Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indy Pulse youth from Belzer Middle School in Indianapolis—known collectively as Team Belzer—voiced their perspectives on: life in America, family struggles, happy memories of family vacations, strength found in friendships and sibling relationships, and the courage to be a relentless misfit–because as the great Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us–“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Our diverse audience of family members, educators, coaches, and students affirmed our youth. Together, we all contributed to creating better understanding and shared empathy. What is democracy without knowledge of, respect for, and connection to others? How will you use your voice today?
We’re inspired that WFYI/American Graduate was able to join us and capture our event via video and photos. Our youth and the story/impact/democracy that is Indy Pulse deserve this platform! We also received coverage on the Indianapolis NPR station. This coverage is incredibly validating for our students–it is exactly the platform we commit to leveraging not only for our students as individuals, but also for the good of a more democratic, diverse-and-inclusive Indianapolis.
Grateful for this public support, the courage of our students, and the leadership of our CoFounders! Shout out to Camea Davis’ hustle! Let’s keep it going!