Student Voices

2019 Summer Internship

During our summer internship pilot, 21 student interns from across the Twin Cities metro were hired to conduct research and share their perspectives on what’s not working in education, as well as to provide recommendations on what needs to change in order to transform the current factory-model of schooling. The interns shared their remarkable and personal work at a symposium in August of 2019, providing proof of our concept.

2019 Student Research Projects

Adnan Jeilani

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

ST. LOUIS PARK HIGH SCHOOL

Implementing Social and Emotional Learning Programs In School

“I wrote an essay on implementing SEL programs in schools. SEL stands for Social and Emotional Learning and it just gives student time to talk to their teachers and have a voice out there.”

Research Project: Implementing Social and Emotional Learning Programs in School

Aidan Schaefer

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Washburn High School

Overcrowding in Classes

“My dream school is a place where everyone has the capability and environment to be successful. Thrive Ed gave me an opportunity to share how I imagine school should be.”

Research Project: Overcrowding in Classes

Anyia Bailey

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Twin Cities Academy

Institutional Racism in Education

“In my dream school I would want to see every form of equality; social equality, racial equality, etc. Also I would want to close the opportunity gap, see mutual respect between staff and students, more freedom and choices for students — and better food.”

Perspective Piece: Institutional Racism in Education

Antonio Perez

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Hopkins West Junior High School

Institutional Racism in Education

 

“I chose Thrive Ed because I thought that it was a very good opportunity to give my input on how I can help to change schools for the better.”

 

Creative Writing Project: Video Discussion 

Ava Shirley

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Delasalle High School

Why Personalized Learning?

“Thrive Ed focuses on amplifying the voice of students. They create a platform for students not just to share their experiences or problems with the system, but also to suggest change and influence the foundation of a dream school.”

Research Project: Why Personalized Learning?

Donia Au Ammo

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Columbia Heights High School

Importance of Welcoming Community

“In my dream school I would establish a study hall for students to catch up on any homework they didn’t have time to finish and I would also make sure there are tutors to help the students in classrooms or in the study hall."

Perspective Piece: Importance of Welcoming Community

Emily Hawari-Grieder

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Hopkins High School

Mental Health in Schools

“In my dream school, classes are interesting and engaging, and everyone can, at the bare minimum, feel safe at their school! I believe that schools need to do a better job supporting their students’ mental health..”

Research Project: Mental Health in Schools

Hope Hanson

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

Hopkins High School

Alternative Learning Is...

“In my dream school, everything would make sense.”

Creative Writing Project: Alternative Learning Is...

Jazzlyn Eubanks

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

SAINT PAUL CONSERVATORY FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Blackness 365 Days a Year

“I want to make a difference in the school system by
expressing how I feel — and what school means for me.”

Creative Writing Project: Blackness 365 Days a Year and I am From

Kelby Roberts

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

HOPKINS WEST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Institutional Racism in Education

“As a biracial student, my dream school would have teachers who look like me — so that I can relate to them. I would also like to celebrate Black History Month very differently.”

Creative Writing Project: "I am from" poem

Khalen Pierre-Toussaint

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

NORTH HOPKINS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Implementing Social and Emotional
Learning Programs In School

“I feel like I have the confidence now to tell teachers what I think and what we should change about our education.”

Perspective Piece: “Why do kids tend to sit with their own race or kind?”

La’Mya Menifee

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Middle Ground Prompts

“My dream school would be an open space where
teachers and students could come together to make
school, not just educational, but also enjoyable for
everyone.”

Interactive Project: Middle Ground Prompts

Melina Parker

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL

Don’t believe what you’re told. Try to figure things out for yourself.

“In my dream school, people can be themselves so that they can find their own path and triumph at what they do.”

Creative Writing Project: Monster Friends

Nathaniel Demisse Genene

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

WASHBURN HIGH SCHOOL

Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Education

“The biggest difference was that instead of working for adults, we were working with adults.”

Research Project: Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Education

Nickolas Dane Bogan

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL

Understanding the Effects of Classroom Relationships

“The awareness that a teacher cares about your success and will go out of their way to help you out is enough to change someone’s approach to a class, or even school itself. For many, this need is not met and its influence reaches far beyond the classroom.”

Project: Understanding the Effects of Classroom
Relationships

Peyton Fwjchim Thao

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL

Original Thrive Ed Website

“In my dream school, classes would help students with real-life tasks, like learning what’s involved in filing taxes, paying back student loans or building a credit history. Mental health classes and guidance would also be beneficial.”

Project: Original Thrive Ed website

Quinn Roberts

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

HOPKINS WEST HIGH SCHOOL

“My Racial Disparity Story” and “Biracial Perspectives”

“In my dream school I would have more opportunities created for all students no matter their race, religion or gender.”

Perspective Pieces: “My Racial Disparity Story”  and “Biracial Perspectives”Original Thrive Ed website

Savanah Graham

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

HOPKINS HIGH SCHOOL

How My Alternative Program Saved My High School Career

“In my dream school I would have no school cops or SROs at all (especially ones that carry guns and have no training in dealing with high school students.)”

Perspective Pieces: How My Alternative Program Saved My High School Career

Shaina Anders

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

HOPKINS HIGH SCHOOL

Schools are failing us

“In my dream school, I want teachers that actually care about their students and will teach them relevant things.”

Creative Writing Project: Schools are failing us

Teontay Bryson

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

ST. LOUIS PARK HIGH SCHOOL

The Impact of Teacher Student Relationships

 

“In my dream school there would be no drama, no problems. It would just be students coming to learn and teachers making an effort to support their students in any shape or form so that they can reach their full potential."

 

Research Project: The Impact of Teacher Student
Relationships

Zachary Nelson Stanton

STUDENT INTERN, SUMMER 2019

PERFORMING INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA ARTS HIGH SCHOOL

"In my dream school, I would have more opportunities for different students to utilize their diverse learning styles."

Research Project: Video Discussion participant