UniTeach: Civic Engagement
A Peacemaking Project by Malay T.
What is the injustice we are solving?
In Illinois, public schools are largely funded by property taxes. In low-income communities, because property values are relatively low, schools are often underfunded and under-resourced. Inherently, this leads to educational disparities. Many of the problems that arise in schools and communities from being under-resourced can be solved by having a strong, civically engaged populace. That is where UniTeach comes into play. UniTeach is an organization composed of 5 individuals who met at The Obama Foundation Training Day Chicago, and have pooled together their resources and minds to bring about change. Our organization will be approaching low-income Middle-schools in order to teach students how to become civically engaged. We will be co-collaborating on an 8-week project with them that is determined by the needs of their individual communities. UniTeach will also partner two schools of different socioeconomic backgrounds together to work on the project, working to create lasting connections between the students from varying backgrounds and lifestyles. Summatively, we look to solve the injustice of educational disparities by working directly with students to engage with each other, for each other.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Educational Inequality in Chicago Schools
we will address the geographic differences in school quality which is influenced by property taxes in low-income neighborhoods
by Bringing together students from different socioeconomic backgrounds to work together on civic engagement projects