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Educators are Future Builders and Hopers

by Sam Wallis, Executive Director, YPIE

Educators are future builders and hopers.

The future of our country - and our planet - depends on the degree to which we are able to unlock creative thinking, problem solving, and innovation from the minds of our young people.

The engineer who will devise a better carbon-capture system is learning the periodic table in a chemistry class right now. The scientist who will figure out even faster vaccine development technology is diagramming a cell in class right now. The leader who can repair the tears in our social fabric is reading the speeches of great leaders in history right now. The entrepreneur who will found the next great American company is studying supply and demand in class right now. The future requires that we harness the power of every individual. We don’t have the luxury of leaving talent and genius untapped in underserved schools across the country.

Not only are educators planting seeds for the future, but also they are driven by an inspiring sense of hope.

The thinker Reinhold Niebuhr made the point that “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.” We won’t live long enough to see the seeds we plant with our students grow into all they will become. And yet educators work every day to tend to those seeds. Working with young people is an act of hope.

We are lucky to work with so many educators at YPIE and in the Yonkers Public Schools who work every day with that hope.

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