Student Led, Civic-Discourse
Speak Truth is student-led, text-based discussions, about contemporary social issues.
Each program brings students together from all over the District – public, public charter, and private schools – to engage in a dialogue that exposes them to a diverse array of perspectives.
Through student-facilitated conversations, participants learn to productively and respectfully discuss current, controversial topics. The thought-provoking conversations at Speak Truth teach students to defend their stances on a myriad of issues and help them develop and recognize the power of their voices. As a national model for civic discourse and dialogue among young people, Speak Truth seminars have the power to shape a generation of socially conscious future leaders and citizens who will be responsible for building a better future for us all.
Students, join us at our next Speak Truth! Register here >>
Transformative Education Opportunity
Prepares students to thrive
in a university classroom, where they will engage in similar high-level discourse
Creates space for dialogue
where students can safely share their voices and experiences
Exposes students to a variety of media
through speeches, essays, movies, news articles
Provides community service hours
to students who facilitate discussions and write follow-up papers
Models Inspired Teaching in action
emphasizing student-directed classrooms
Attend or Facilitate at Speak Truth
Speak Truth Seminars are unique and invaluable opportunities to talk about important, current topics with students from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Designed for students, by students, each conversation allows students to meaningfully engage with a text, topics, and their peers.
Attend our next Speak Truth
November 15, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Past Speak Truth Seminars
October 18, 2018 at Georgetown Day School
- Brett Kavanaugh and DC Prep School Culture
- The upcoming 2018 Midterm Elections
- “Studying While Black”: An examination of the STARZ documentary, America to Me
- Role of Celebrities in Politics
September 20, 2018 at Cesar Chavez Public School (Capitol Hill Campus)
- The Super ImPACt of Money Politics
- “Checks over Stripes?”: Colin Kaepernick and the Nike Boycott
- Impact of Social Media on Self-Esteem
See discussion topics and readings from last year here.
Our students are changemakers. It’s very important to put them in positions of power with support and learning, organizing and commitment to issues of injustice.