“Parents make decisions for their children based on what they know, what they feel will make them safe. And it is not our place [as educators] to say what they do is ‘wrong.’ It’s our place to say maybe we can add a set of rules that they don’t know about.” — Rita Pierson

We Teach Science is committed to serving youth first in our programming. Working as a mentor to a student can be a difficult task. Sometimes we forget that students have other support systems in their lives that they rely on outside of their time with us. Rita reminds us that we cannot discredit those other support systems, we can however build upon them and work to elevate our students. In her Ted Talk Rita also reminds us that every student needs a champion, and it is our responsibility as educators and adults in their lives to be that champion.

Become a youth champion and consider applying to be a mentor today!

This month’s asset is Community Values Youth- Asset #7: Young person perceives that adults in the community value children and youth

To see how you can use the Assets in your neighborhood and with youth in your life, please see the reference below provided by Project Cornerstone in partnership with the Y.


This month of July we would like to recognize Rita Pierson who spent her entire life as an educator. She taught elementary school, junior high and special education. She was a counselor, a testing coordinator and an assistant principal. In each of these roles, she brought a special energy to the role — a desire to get to know her students, show them how much they matter and support them in their growth, even if it was modest.

To view a TED Talk by Rita Pierson about being champions for our youth click here


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