Bridge to the Future Summer Academy Draws to a Close
Thank you. Thank you to the makers. The breakers (both the b-boys and b-girls, and the hackers). The writers. The singers. The sculptors. Thank you to the engineers. The artists. It was a wonderful summer.
This academy was about finding your voice. Knowing that you have power over your own future. Power over our future. It was about building bridges and realizing you need to be an active player in life. The academy was about choosing mentors and being mentors. Each of the students who attended our first Summer Academy will have a special place in my life.
Let us think back to all that we accomplished in such short a time. You created a social network for learning. We read Walter dean Myers “Handbook for Boys.” You created original poetry and posted in on Soundcloud. You learned about and created infographics. You created movies documenting your work. You designed built and tested bridges.
We went to the Yale Art Museums. We went to a theater and discussed set design and improv. We trekked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We went ziplining. Flying 100 feet in the air at 35 mph. That is what summer felt like to me. A whirlwind. An experience. A lifetime of memories.
The bridges are most important. Mainly because they are a metaphor to the future of the Class of 2018. Currently 3/10 students from New Haven Public schools will not make it to graduation. You all fought, fought hard, and will continue to fight to change this.
The Bridge to the Future Summer Academy taught me so much too. I learned to dream, laugh, and hope with everyone of you. I learned that success must be celebrated. I learned that each of you has a voice. A strong voice. A voice that is ready to scream out into the future.