Nobody Asked Me. . .
The Nobody Asked Me Campaign is a community research project that aims to highlight and empower students, families/caregivers, and community members and their experiences living within Baltimore. The project centers community voices to strengthen Baltimore City Public Schools in hopes of ensuring students will receive a “thorough and efficient” education, and that they will be in safe, healthy, and healing environments where they can learn and develop the skills to thrive in Baltimore.
For far too long, nobody has asked students and their families what they want and how to produce these solutions, what joy means to them, and what educational justice looks like for them. The Nobody Asked Me Campaign is different. We aim to center students and their families’ experiences, voices, and affirm their insights to produce healthy and healing centered environments for students’ academic achievement, career success, and overall well-being.
The Nobody Asked Me Campaign aims to fulfill the promise of the Constitution of Maryland, Art. VIII in providing a “thorough and efficient” educational system to Baltimore students by highlighting students and their families’ lives, experiences, challenges, and voices. We aim to co-produce policies and develop a pathway of promise with teachers, school administrators, content experts, community members, policymakers, and elected officials to support academic success and overall well-being. Not only do we aim to produce social justice policies and strategies so students can develop the skills to thrive, but we also seek to empower students and their families by acknowledging their joy and their perspectives on joy, love, justice, success and community.
The Nobody Asked Me Campaign specific aims are to:
- Develop a pathway of promise for adult success in Baltimore
- Break down silos between community members, activists, teachers, school administrators, elected officials and researchers to meet the developmental needs of youth
- Dismantle anti-Blackness and other forms of discrimination in policies and practices
- Affirm and reaffirm meaningful humanistic relationships through care, love and joy
- Allocate thorough and efficient funding and resources in schools and government agencies to meet the physiological, social, and emotional needs of students, youth and their parents
- Develop interagency support to help students and their families
We Need Your Voice
The Nobody Asked Me Campaign continues the important work of producing policies and practices to help Baltimore students and families.
To participate in a Zoom interview and share your thoughts and experiences as a Baltimore student, youth, or parent, please click here to schedule an interview.