Help Fund Students' Trip to EmpowerED LA

$3,880 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 74 people in 54 months
On March 29th, student organizers from all over the country will converge upon Los Angeles to share their stories with the LA student community at a youth-led conference called 
EmpowerED: Los Angeles Student Power 2014. 
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Students all over the country, from Portland to Providence, are tired of feeling powerless when it comes to decisions that affect their education. That's why some of them are coming together, forming student unions, and fighting back against threats to their educational rights. From massive walk-outs and sit-ins to creative street theater and zombie walks, these students are demanding that their voices be heard. Just earlier this year, as you may have heard, the Portland Student Union held three days of action, including walkouts, speak outs, and a school board rally, to support their teachers and fight for the "Schools Portland Students Deserve." And just last week, the students of the Providence Student Union
organized "Operation: Guinea Pig" to protest high-stakes testing.

In an effort to connect various student unions in the country and to provide a safe and inviting space for students in my local community to learn about the student power movement and share their ideas on education, I have been working on organizing a youth empowerment conference called EmpowerED: Los Angeles Student Power 2014.

EmpowerED 2014, will be the first event ever to engage a student community in a conversation about their education. It is a conference designed for students by students and will be a great first step towards a more coordinated national student union.

On March 29th at the University of Southern California, high school students of Los Angeles will have the rare opportunity to
listen to the powerful stories of high school student organizers, who will be coming to LA from Chicago, Newark, Portland, Providence, and Baltimore to share incredible stories of how they have elevated student voice and fought for educational justice in their communities.

Beyond hearing from these student speakers and panelists, the students in attendance will then have the chance to work with student organizers in workshops to build organizing skills, share their ideas for education, and collaborate on developing a student power movement in their Los Angeles. EmpowerED 2014 will be a perfect starting point to a larger movement for student power that will continue beyond the conference and ideally lead to an education system that values student voice. For more info, you can take a look at the conference website (excuse the incompleteness, it is still under construction!)

The reason I am setting up a fundraising page is to raise money to cover the transportation costs of the speakers who will be presenting at the conference. As they are all in either high school or college with very little means to travel to LA, I would really appreciate it if each one of you could pitch in just a small amount to go towards their round trip plane tickets to LA. I will be providing them transportation to and from the LAX airport and a place to stay.
Below are the estimates for each student's plane ticket. Leftover funds will go towards other conference logistics such as food for the conference, equipment for workshops, and the GoFundMe commission.
Student Speakers:
- Israel Munoz (Chicago Students Union): $500
- Tre Murphy (Alliance for Educational Justice): $500
- Kristin Towkaniuk (Newark Students Union): $500
- Cauldierre McKay (Providence Student Union): $500
- Zoe La Du (Portland Student Union): $425
- Sekai Edwards (Portland Student Union): $425
- Kate Barnes (Portland Student Union): $425
- Mariam Khan (San Jose Youth Commission): $150
Thank you so much :) 
Love and solidarity,
Hannah Nguyen
Co-National Organizer for Students United for Public Education 
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Now this is the power of community. A million thank you's to everyone who has supported EmpowerED 2014 and student voice. Your donations are profoundly appreciated and will be put to good use. Thank you for your faith in the power of student organizing and activism!
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I'm sorry to report that I've had to increase my goal for the EmpowerED conference in order to take into account the travel costs of one more student who will be joining us. Although I still have over $1000 to go, I know we can reach our goal. Thanks so much to everyone who's donated so far; your contributions have made a very significant difference. To those who still haven't donated, please consider supporting this effort to elevate student voice in Los Angeles! I greatly appreciate it!
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Oh my goodness... We raised over $500 last night!!!! Thank you so much for the generous support everybody! We're officially more than halfway to our goal; just a few more days until the campaign ends so if you'd still like to donate, please do it ASAP! THANK YOU! :)
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Wow! Diane Ravitch just donated $250 to my EmpowerED fundraiser. Thanks, Diane!

Any amount helps. Keep 'em comin'! The core team of EmpowerED student organizers is very grateful for all your support :)
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Raised by 74 people in 54 months
Created February 2, 2014
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Sam F
53 months ago

Y'all are an inspiration to many of us students. Keep it up! :) Oh and I know I'm late on this -- finally got paid today hehe

Phillip Cantor
53 months ago

Empower, yes.

Margarida Dagraca
53 months ago

Continue to EMPOWER the youth

Sahila ChangeBringer
53 months ago

Go Get 'Em, Hannah.... Love your spirit, your integrity, your determination, your vision, your passion... thanks for stepping up....

Jennie Biggs
53 months ago

Thank You, Students! You give this Mom & Certified Educator hope. :)

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