Urban Youth Collaborative
Key Topics: School Discipline, Racial Equity in School Policies, College Access, Youth Organizing, School Reform
Bio: Kesi Foster coordinates the work of the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC). UYC brings together high school students from across New York City to build the power of young people to work towards racial justice in their public school system. For the past three years, he has worked with parents and youth in communities of color, building campaigns to fight for educational justice in our public school systems. As Coordinator for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform's Community Organizing and Engagement department, he supported the work of community organizations across the country working on equitable solutions for improving schools, such as Sustainable Community Schools and Ending the School-to-Prison pipeline. Previously, he has held positions as the Project Coordinator for the Right to Vote Campaign housed at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, and in workforce development, facilitating skill building workshops for formerly incarcerated individuals and residents of New York City's Public Housing.
Selected Speaking Experience
Journey 4 Justice National Summit, AFT Racial Equity Task Force, Growing Up Locked Down Conference, National Education Association Leadership Summit