Rochester 6th Graders Ask “Whose Renaissance Is It?”

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Not long ago, I was having one of those days. You know, the ones where you question whether the work you do is meaningful and whether you’re actually making a difference in the world? Well this day I was feeling that way, and nothing could shake it.

Later that day, I was tagged in a Twitter post by a follower who I’d never physically met before. Chris Dolgos, a teacher at Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, along with his amazing students, were using my piece on the equitable development of our city in a much bigger project they were working on. Instantly, I was shaken from my aforementioned funk and inspired to keep going. When your work becomes a teaching tool for the next generation, there’s just no better feeling.

In their extensive project, 6th Graders from GCCS, under guidance from Dolgos, Alexis Stubbe and Melissa Jones, tackled some of our community’s most pressing issues of segregation, poverty, and community equity.

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing their live presentation first hand and was absolutely blown away by the depth and high-level product of their work.

I invite you to click the image below and see the incredible work these students have put together. Because of their research, this ambitious group of 6th graders have a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities that face our cities today. More importantly, they will now be able to spread the good word about the elements of healthy urban development as they grow, leading and inspiring generations of Rochestarians and beyond!