We are NA For Change.
NA For Change is a coalition of North Allegheny students, alumni, parents, educators, and community members working to place the issues of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism at the forefront of the community’s attention while advocating for the implementation of a set of immediate and tangible solutions to positively benefit the community and its students.
We believe that education is the key to instilling a culture of respect and inclusion in today’s world and that every student deserves an education that reflects the immense diversity that makes up our communities, nation, and planet.
We believe that civil discussion, awareness, and open dialogues are necessary to move forward, along with a willingness on behalf of institutions to proactively acknowledge fault and act to continuously improve their policies for the benefit of all students.
We believe that when all students learn about cultures and narratives that may be foreign to them, they naturally become more informed and open-minded people for it; with narrative-changing action, our world can become more united in its mission to eliminate manifestos and actions of hate.
We believe in the empowerment of youth leaders; supposed lack of experience is more than made up for in passion, hard work, and an endless flow of optimism for the future that course through us.
With the energy and fresh perspective of youth voices and the experiences of mentors, no problem is impossible to solve. We are confident in the optimistic aspirations of the upcoming generation, especially when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and are invested in unlocking the potential that each student holds in the success of these aims.
What are we up to?
- #IAmForChange–Learning Loss During the Pandemic: Marginalized Students Hit the HardestLearning Loss During the Pandemic: Marginalized Students Hit the Hardest By Maria Skivnovia, a student A year and a half into this pandemic, many are concerned about COVID’s effects on students. In a survey conducted in March, 53% of educators reported their students experiencing significant learning loss. But some students have suffered more than others,Continue reading “#IAmForChange–Learning Loss During the Pandemic: Marginalized Students Hit the Hardest”
- #IAmForChange–Discussions in the ClassroomDiscussions in the Classroom By Benedict Ogley, a student My AP Human Geography class was one of the most formative classes I’ve had in my education thus far. The highlight of my time in the class was definitely my teacher, Mr. Hildenbrand. We went above and beyond the curriculum and had multiple discussions pertaining toContinue reading “#IAmForChange–Discussions in the Classroom”
- #IAmForChange — LGBTQIA+ Individuals in History: Their Stories MatterLGBTQIA+ Individuals in History: Their Stories Matter By B. Ashman, a student I have taken history classes at NA for many years now, and yet I have not had a single lesson featuring a historical figure or event significant to the LGBTQIA+ community. My history class this year didn’t even mention the Stonewall Riots, anContinue reading “#IAmForChange — LGBTQIA+ Individuals in History: Their Stories Matter”
This is about respecting the dignity of an individual. There is no place for hate, but there is also no place for indifference.September 16, 2020
Let’s honor those that came before us and give our current and future students the ability to thrive by providing them a comfortable atmosphere that celebrates their differences every day.June 17, 2020
How You Can Help
We coordinate programming, organize safe events, regularly post educational materials on social media, and more. Our platform is dedicated to empowerment, education, and finding common ground! There is a spot for you!
Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and to learn more about the issues of antiracism, diversity, and inclusion!
Racism and prejudice pervade every aspect of our community. When you see something, you must say something! When you witness someone engaging in prejudice, speak up!
Are you ready to stand with us?
Our community has the opportunity of a generation to fully embrace the ideals of equity, inclusion, and unabashed mutual respect for one another. Our community has the opportunity of a generation to prove that we are on the right side of history, making bold moves and standing for what is unequivocally correct. No matter your age, political vision, race, or sexuality–we need you. This community needs you.