Here are our lovely presenters:
In order for Speak to visit all fifth grade classes in our school district, four times a year, we need the help of many students at the high school level.
We believe that having high school students create curricula, train to facilitate classroom presentations, and actually present is a huge part of what makes Speak so unique.
Students have some of the best insight into what information is needed and the best way to deliver that information. Because of this Speak is a wonderful learning experience not only for the students receiving the lessons, but also for the high schoolers involved in the program.
Here is some information on our team of presenters.
Melia Oliver, Founding Member
Hello! My name is Melia Oliver, my pronouns are she/her, and I am a junior. As a founding member of Speak, this group and its cause could not be closer to my heart. Being surrounded with learners, thinkers, and activists pushes me to grow and be the best that I can be. The group has existed for over a year now, and every time we meet I leave feeling inspired and in awe of those who I work with. Our classroom presentations are what I think makes the group truly special. Taking real action and working with younger peers is incredibly fulfilling and never fails to put a smile on my face. Speak has changed my life in so many ways, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this group, and more importantly, this movement.
Michaela Klein Weinstein, Founding Member
Hello, my name is Michaela Weinstein, and I’m a junior who identifies as she/her. I co-founded Speak with the intention of creating a cultural shift in my school climate. After a traumatic, hateful incident at our school mirroring the hate of our country was created, I realized the dire need for social education in our communities. The culture of oppression and passivity in our schools needed to change, but this could only happen through passionate students. This is why I love Speak: our members are inspiring, compassionate, and driven to make a change in our world. I personally can feel brought down by the disconnect, anger, and suffering our world faces but Speak inspires me; through the students we teach, the conversations we have, and the need to make a change that unites us. With Speak, I am creating a community with respect, a community where differences are not only tolerated but celebrated, but most importantly a community where empathy is exercised and social action is taken. Speak brings me more joy than I can describe, and I am constantly grateful for the role it has played in my life.
Anna Baker-Heans, Founding Member
My name is Anna Baker-Heans. My pronouns are she/her. I graduated a semester early in January 2018, and will be attending Parsons School of Design in the fall. There I hope to study the intersection of art and social justice. I helped found speak because of a very apparent need for knowledge and empathy within our school and community. My favorite part of Speak is making a real connection with younger students in presentations, or watching them make connections for themselves either with a classmate or with the material. I love Speak because of its ability to help students come together to make real tangible change.
Odette Bradbury, Founding Member
My name is Odette and my pronouns are she/her. I love Speak. To be able to say I’m one of the founders of this group makes me so proud. We made something wonderful with only ourselves and we are only continuing to grow and evolve. The people I’ve met through this group have shifted the way I look at issues and made me a kinder, more thoughtful person. To my lovely members - I’m so humbled by the work we’ve done and the space we’ve created for ourselves and the people around us. I can’t wait to share all we have to offer with the world. I’m eternally grateful to you all.