Roy James-Daley was a participant in SLP '10 and is currently a community organizer at The Boston area Youth Organizing Project. He is also a staff member in SLP '13 and currently serves on The City School Board of Directors.
What is your favorite memory of The City School?
When I first walked in the door, I had participated in a heavy conversation where they let the young people in the room decide who should be working at The City School. I shared that they should prioritize an alumni because an alumni is an example of TCS's goals and a product of our mission. And that is who they hired.
How have you changed because of your first summer in SLP?
First and foremost, a good example of how I changed is that I started to define myself as an individual unlike any other, which led to me immediately changing my name to match my individuality. In addition; I learned to voice my opinion in situations where I would not have shared it before, I became more assertive in situations I knew I had to, and lastly I became more driven to do things that I wanted to do.
How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the Summer Leadership Program?
Since SLP I never stopped. I am now adult support at Boston area Youth Organizing Project, and I completed the BEST Youth Worker Certification Training.
What are your plans for the future?
I have no clue. When I was younger I just wanted to be happy. Now that I am working in this community I love what I do. I may just continue doing it.
If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, who would it be and why?
Well for starters, I prefer to have a cup of hot chocolate. I would enjoy having a cup of hot chocolate with Bernand Lafayette Jr. Reason being is I had the opportunity to meet him at an educational justice conference in Washington DC and at the time I knew very little about him. After that initial conversation I've wanted to talk with him again and hear more while he is still around.
Profile Created July 2013