- Sept. 23, 2018
-- With the powers of delegation removed from the educator and the only option remaining in most cases being the removal from the learning environment has impacted students of color at massive percentage rates nationally and continues to do so. Understanding that the redundancy and over usage of this form of discipline prevents real problems or issues from being addressed, it didn't take long for former Detroit educator Adra Young to take notice of the matter. Reflection and brainstorming on what could be done, she decided it what time to do something about it. Reversing the lenses and looking at life from the perspective of the youngsters who sat in front of her daily and directing her thought process, Young began to clearly see behind the eyes of her students. Allowing the students to eat with her during lunch time, the creation of a workable concept provided several times per week for forty five minutes blossomed into a workable program presenting desired results.
Well received by organizations such as the Detroit Impact Center, and various schools within the Detroit region, Young, a twenty one year former veteran educator, presents locally and nationally, on How to Reduce School Suspension of Students of Color.
During this forum, she identifies various dynamics African American Students are more so faced with and the steps necessary that greatly assist with reducing the overall percentages as a whole. Statistics from the USA Today indicated that African-American Students are 3.8 times as likely to receive one or more out of-school suspensions than their white counter parts. By Contrast, among white students, only 5% of boys and 2% of girls were suspended at least once.
Adra Young is a native of Gary, Indiana. Graduating from Roosevelt High School, Young was accepted and attended the prestigious Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Majoring in Education, Young has over twenty one years of experience with the youth in and out of the classroom environment. Obtaining her Master's degree from the University of Detroit, she served as a social skills provider for the Detroit Impact Center on the cities Westside. Creating a program that specifically addresses the overwhelming issues today's youth is faced with, during her years with the Detroit Public School System, she served as a liaison for the "Conversation about Race" project which addressed the direct concerns of African American males in the South East Region of Michigan at Eastern Michigan University. Certified in Suicide Intervention and Color it Real HIV and Substance Abuse Training, Young is the author of three books. A presenter for the 2018 Innovative Summit in Atlanta Georgia; Teachers Self Care Conference in Atlanta Georgia; The International Restorative Conference in Saint Paul Minnesota; The National Bullying Conference in Reno Nevada; and National Mentors Summit in Washington DC, she is the owner of Ardannyl, a company solely created to help youngsters redirect their focus and make better life choices. To book a session for your school, organization, university, local or national conference, log onto www. Ardannyl.com