Quartzy Covers Hebh Jamal's Feature in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20"

In an article published in December, Quartzy pointed out the significance of those chosen to be featured in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20" for 2017: that the magazine is turning towards presenting activists and artists over celebrities as role models for its readers. The article notes Hebh Jamal's role as one of Teen Vogue's cover stars for the issue as a part of this shift.

Read the Quartzy article HERE

Read Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20" HERE

Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20 2017" Highlights Hebh Jamal

Teen Vogue featured youth activist leader Hebh Jamal in its "21 Under 20" for 2017, an annual list that reports on remarkable teens who are the "faces of the future." The article speaks about Hebh's activism, noting the mass student walkout she planned last February to protest President Trump's initial travel ban. 

Read the full feature HERE

CUP: "Public School Avengers"

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The Center for Urban Pedagogy teamed up with artist Napur Mathur and students from The Red Hook Community Justice Center to publish "Public School Avengers," a booklet in graphic novel format that creatively outlines the ins and outs of school segregation, how the system impacts students.

Read the booklet HERE

Chalkbeat: "Here's What New York City Students Told Top State Officials About School Segregation"

In July, student activists from IntegrateNYC and Epic Theater Ensemble met with New York state policymakers to share their perspectives on segregation in New York City high schools. Chalkbeat covered the story and featured student testimonies about their own high school experiences of segregation and its implications.

Julisa Perez spoke about the impact IntegrateNYC's school exchange had on her understanding of the racial makeup of her own high school:

"When I went into the [school] exchange, I was really excited to see how different the other school would be. But when I got there, I saw how much of a community that school had and personally, I didn’t feel that in my school. My school is majority white and it’s just very segregated within the school, so [I liked] coming into [a different] school and seeing how much community they had and how friendly they are. They just say hi to each other in the hallways and everybody knows each other and even us. We went in and we’re like strangers and they were so welcoming to us and I know they didn’t have the same experience at our school. That really interested me and that’s how I got into the work."

Read the article HERE

WNYC: "Graduating Seniors Offer Advice to Their High Schools"

WNYC featured excerpts of letters written by four graduating seniors (Jazmine Williams, Yacine Fall, Haby Sondo, and IntegrateNYC's very own lead student activist, Hebh Jamal) to their high schools. The letters all talked about the racial inequity that permeated the four students' different high schools, and offered advice regarding how their schools could address this problem.

Read the article and listen to the full story HERE

Teens Take Charge Feature Article Written by Lead Youth Activist Leader Hebh Jamal

Teens Take Charge published an article written by Hebh Jamal on their website in May. Hebh writes about how her experience attending a predominately white high school on the Upper West Side spurred her commitment to ending school segregation in New York City, as well as the adversity she faced in trying to do so.

"Education is not a virtue. It’s a right. Treat it as such. I ask all of you who are reading this letter to understand that demanding equity is not radical. I ask all of you to give voice to students who deserve to tell their stories." -- Hebh Jamal

Read Hebh's full article HERE

Chance the Rapper and IntegrateNYC Speak on America's Public School Crisis

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Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and challenged him to “do your job” and adequately fund Chicago’s public schools (Chance subsequently put his own money up, making a $1 million donation to Chicago schools). After the meeting, Chance challenged the media, and Complex in particular, to “give a comprehensive history of how we got here.”

So, where is “here”? A 21st-century America—not just Chicago—rife with apartheid schools that serve almost exclusively Black and Brown students, are chronically underfunded, and struggle to fulfill every student’s right to the quality education that can give them a fair shot at success. An America more interested in funding the school-to-prison pipeline than public schools themselves. An America where we spend less than $10,000 a year to educate a child but anywhere from $35,000 to $64,000 to incarcerate one.


Vice Features Hebh Jamal for International Women's Day

“We must love America enough to change it” – Bronx-born Hebh Jamal, 17, explains why resistance isn’t futile.

Hebh Jamal made her political debut on the cover of the New York Times; since then the Bronx High School student's activism has remained impressively high profile, whether staging a strike following Trump's inauguration, being interviewed by the Observer and Broadly or talking on a panel with Angela Davis. An advocate for education since she was 15-years-old, Jamal has become increasingly active as she attempts to execute her vision for a more conscious, harmonious, educated society - regardless what executive orders Trump's government try to pass.

In celebration of IWD, we asked this formidable female to tell us about her type of activism, and what she intends to do to challenge political Islamophobia.

"Oppression has always manifested itself in three ways: lack of safety, vulnerability, and intimidation through a set power structure. In America, the demonisation of Muslim Americans has been perpetuated by the media, Hollywood, and government policy. What I was in fact perplexed by was this new rhetoric that is seemingly founded on oblivion surrounding the current situation of America: that Muslims are newly under attack by public officials. The reality is that we have been under attack during both Democratic and Republican presidencies. The only difference now is that this presidency aims to demonise all marginalised groups at the same time.


Teach Us All and IntegrateNYC Selected As Must-See Panel

The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America, and Big Tomorrow, a multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in the creation of paradigm-shifting experiences, both highlighted the Teach Us All panel featuring IntegrateNYC as a must see at this year's SXSWedu.

Check out their other recommendations at South by Southwest Education: The 17 Panels and Sessions to See at SXSW 2017 and BT’s SXSWedu 2017 Picks.

The Century Foundation Reports on IntegrateNYC's Role in City-Wide Change

As the largest school district in the U.S. and one of the most segregated, New York City "officials have taken preliminary steps to make diversity a consideration in more of the district’s policies."

Read the full article to hear more about the actions being taken and the role of IntegrateNYC in ensuring the diversity of our city is brought into the classrooms of every school.

Chalkbeat: "How Should New York City Teachers Guide Conversations About Race and Police Violence?"

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Chalkbeat interviewed parents, students, and teachers across the city to discuss how to have powerful conversations about racism and police violence. Hebh Jamal, our Lead Student Activist, and Sarah Camiscoli, IntegrateNYC Co-Director, share their voice and a vision for systemic solutions to systemic issues.


Stronger Together Bill: IntegrateNYC on Capitol Hill

From the National Coalition on School Diversity

Stronger Together Hill Briefing

"On the morning of June 8, the Department of Education held a briefing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building regarding the proposed Stronger Together program.  At the briefing Senator Chris Murphy announced his intent to introduce legislation authorizing the Stronger Together program, while education experts and advocates (including NCSD member Sarah Camiscoli [Co-Director IntegrateNYC4Me] and Erica Frankenberg) discussed research regarding the positive impacts of racial and socioeconomic integration, and what can be done to foster collaborative work between local education, transportation, and housing and community development agencies."