(Bottom row, left to right: Brian Meyer, WBFO News Director; Daija Jones, Mount St. Mary Academy; Damario Burks, Hutchinson Central Technical High School; Myshaleek Harris, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory High School. Top row, left to right: Dan Wilczewski, Global Concepts Charter High School; Richard Bell, Kenmore East High School; Joshue Cruz, Riverside Institute of Technology; India Hector, Leonardo Da Vinci High School.)
In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems.
WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience on "Focus on Education: Student Voices," a WNED-TV production. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school. Individuals, organizations and communities share the responsibility of creating an appropriate environment for young people to succeed and thrive. How can our community provide support and guide youth in becoming successful, productive adults?
The students shared their concerns with those who can help. In addition to the high school students on the panel and in our audience, four local student and family advocates and professionals – George Bushey, Depew High School; Aundrea Sanders, Buffalo Public Schools; Janet Cerra, Kenmore-Tonawanda; and Lamont Williams, Hillside Family Services - provide feedback and perspective on the student, peer, family and school environments that exist today. The community will hear directly from student panelists, their classmates and others in the audience to explore concerns and offer insights for change. The hope is to not only bring issues of concern from students to the forefront, but to seek resolution, offer next step scenarios and empower each person attending to take something back to their school and community for change.
Participating high schools are: Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, Burgard High School, Cheektowaga Central High School, Depew High School, Global Concepts Charter School, Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, Leonardo Da Vinci High School, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Riverside Institute of Technology, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #StudentVoicesWBFO
and visit the Focus on Education website for program stories at: www.wbfo.org
Student Voices will be featured in a WBFO 4-part series leading up to the television broadcast.
Listen to: Student Voices: Part 1
Listen to: Student Voices: Part 2
Listen to: Student Voices: Part 3
Listen to: Student Voices: Part 4
This town hall was made possible in part by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Let’s Make it Happen Initiative.