Grad Profile: Ayden Holliday '10

Ayden Holliday was a participant in SLP '10 and has been a City School staff member since. Ayden is currently a junior at Boston Collegiate Charter School. Ayden is a Lead Organizer with the Youth Justice and Power Union, and is directing the City School's production of the Vagina Monologues. At 17, Ayden is the youngest program staff member of the City School.

What are your highlights of working at the City School?

I'm proud of having co-run the Vagina Monologues and the Youth Justice and Power Union, a coalition which fights for youth power and youth justice issues including jobs, transportation, resources and other issues.

The Youth Justice and Power Union shows so much progress from when I first started to the leader I've become. There's so many things that I've learned, like public speaking and facilitation that I didn't know before - I've grown so much.

With The Vagina Monologues, I think in the beginning it was a "maybe it'll happen, maybe it won't" thing. I took it into my own hands and other people joined on to make it a success! I'm proud of having the mindset that I could potentially do something and then going out and doing it.

How have you changed since your first summer of SLP?

I speak out more about things that are wrong. I have both the information and evidence and the voice to do it despite what other people might think.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to give back to my community, and I plan on going to college, and continuing work at TCS . . . they can't get rid of me!

If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, who would it be and why?

Assata Shakur. She was a black woman and part of the Black Panther Party. I'd pick her because it's harder to get her opinion because she's not even allowed here; I have so many questions about her experience and the movement and the things she did.

Profile Created February 2013

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