BLTN NextGen

BLTN NextGen: Learning and Growing in Community Spaces

Jun 3rd, 2022 | By

Once again this year, the BLTN NextGen Youth Advisory Board (YAB) led cross-network planning for the network as a whole. In March of this year, following last year’s successful cross-site virtual writing conference, “A Day in the Pandemic,” the YAB convened youth and adult participants from across the nation to write together under the theme

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JusticeFest: BLTN NextGen Louisville Youth Pitch Community Lending Spaces

Jun 3rd, 2022 | By

BLTN NextGen Louisville members presented their Outdoor Learning and Lending spaces project at the March 2022 JusticeFest in Louisville. JusticeFest is a local event which showcases the activism of area youth and is supported by JusticeNow and the Kentucky Derby Festival. The mayor of Louisville, director of the Kentucky Derby Festival, and superintendent of Jefferson

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Barriers and Bridges: The Lawrence Masks Project

May 28th, 2021 | By

Jonathan, a second grader, approached the laptop where he could talk to me. He introduced himself and was excited to show me his red mask decorated with stickers. “This is my mask. I wrote my mom’s name on it because I am going to give it to her. But I heard my parents say they

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BLTN NextGen at ¡Confluencia!

May 28th, 2021 | By

On Saturday, November 21, Lena Ashooh (NextGen – VT), Leah Sneed (NextGen – Louisville), and Faith Omosefe (NextGen – Lawrence) opened for Joy Harjo’s session at NCTE’s Annual Convention, ¡Confluencia! Lena, Leah, and Faith worked for months with Bread Loaf School of English faculty and acting ensemble member, Jonathan Fried, in a process paralleling Jonathan’s

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A Day in the Pandemic: A BLTN NextGen Writing Retreat

May 28th, 2021 | By

On February 20, 2021, the Youth Advisory Board of the BLTN Next Generation Leadership held a virtual writing retreat drawing youth and educator participants from Alaska to Kenya, with many sites in between. Our goal was to capture moments and insights from the remarkable and trying life of students and teachers during the pandemic. When

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“We Be Family”: A Student and Teacher Collaboration

May 28th, 2021 | By

“It was very fun writing a chapter together,” comments Kayla. “We laughed reviewing memories to build the chapter. We learned a lot about how to balance both of our voices and connect back into the larger framework of the overall book. We hope that the book will be purchased by educators and community organizations, to

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NextGen News

May 28th, 2021 | By

The BLTN’s youth leadership crew, BLTN NextGen, adapted quickly and meaningfully to a year without face-to-face gathering opportunities. In the early fall, our Youth Advisory Board selected its co-chairs, welcomed new members, and drew up a plan to have individual sites host virtual cross-site gatherings. Youth Advisors turned to writing and sharing together as the

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Heart and Action: Virtual Family Literacy Night Brings Youth Network Together

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…’Peace looks like you and me,’ remarked one writer, ‘a 15-gallery view in Zoom, people writing and sharing in virtual spaces connected through the airways and our hearts’…”



Changemakers and Filmmakers: Vermont and South Carolina Students Learn from One Another

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…This is why we do this—for youth to learn ways to better understand themselves and help to change their worlds…”



Bread Loaf Teacher Network: A Resource for Virtual Teaching and Learning in Time of Pandemic

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…When the pandemic hit our youth we were able immediately to access caring, knowledgeable adults and each other….”



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