“The situation would improve if all teachers saw me for more than my grade and policies were flexible enough to meet my needs.”
“We all need and deserve access to positive relationships, a sense of well-being, community, and our own potential.”
“We need an entire culture shift so that throughout the day, wherever you go, there is a shared understanding of what it means to be an inclusive, welcoming learning environment that meets the needs of everyone.”
The State House takes my breath away.
Each room we pass through is stuffed with precious treasures. My ears greedily hold onto each word spoken. With every stride, I plant my shoes with purpose and hold my posture with pride. As we move through the building, my stomach churns with anxiety and excitement at the thought of speaking.
Chelsea was a member of the Haverhill High School VIP Program. Learn more about VIP and students’ advocacy here.