The Philadelphia Student Union was started in 1995 by a group of young people concerned about the state of public education in Philadelphia. Since its founding, PSU has maintained a strong focus on cutting-edge, student-led campaigns aimed at improving outcomes for black males and other youth of color. Through PSU’s leadership development program, young people learn to critically analyze problems in their schools and communities, and to work together to create solutions. In addition to addressing education reform, the program prepares young people for broader activism and civic engagement in other critical areas, such as school violence and the criminalization of youth of color. This grant supports PSU’s youth-leadership development program.
This grant was co-funded with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Criminal Justice Fund for a total grant of $115,000.