There are many ways you can get involved with leadership in City Schools. Student leaders advocate for their peers and use their voice to make their school and city better. They build skills like organization, independence, teamwork, communication, and listening. Student leaders have fun doing important work for their community and they make lifelong friendships.
SGA represents the student body in important decisions, from the school budget, to dress code, to what events the school will host. SGAs also plan and lead service activities and fun events to make the school better, like dances and spirit weeks. If your school doesn’t have an SGA, learn how to start one here or talk to your principal. Too late to join or didn’t get elected? Ask your school’s student government advisor if you can volunteer on a specific project.
ASCBC is the umbrella organization for all SGAs in Baltimore City. It advocates for students to the School Board, participates in state-level youth leadership, and sets priorities for all students based on the input of SGAs across Baltimore. You can find ASCBC @BaltCityASCBC on Instagram and Twitter or on its website. Elections happen in the fall, and every student in 6th to 12th grade can vote.
If there isn’t a club that interests you at your school, you can start your own organization! Students lead school newspapers, book clubs, Black Student Unions, Gender Sexuality Alliances, video game clubs, and many more! Talk to your principal about how to start a new organization, find an advisor, and get space and resources for your new group.
Youth Ambassadors get special training and design impact projects to benefit their school community. They form a club of other like-minded students to complete the project and keep it running after the program ends. Youth Ambassadors get a stipend and resources to get their club up and running. Ask your principal if your school has a Youth Ambassadors program and whether you can get involved.
The City Schools Student Media Team has provided real, industry-level training for students with the creation of over 400 productions ranging from multi-camera live streaming, covering stories, and making TV shows and promos. Students receive formal development from the Office of Communications, connect with industry professionals, and produce content. Check out their content or join the student media team.
Baltimore has lots of amazing youth-led and youth-serving organizations that collaborate with City Schools. Look up groups like Youth as Resources, Baltimore Algebra Project, Heart Smiles, Wide Angle Youth Media, and the No Boundaries Organization. There are so many, we can’t list them all here!