Sofie, Jessica, Ely, Ayize, Isabela – Albany Stands
Ely Jrade is the founder of Albany Stands, a student-led organization comprised of a diverse group of teens working to elevate marginalized voices through various actions including presentations, workshops, forums, and rallies. Albany Stands was formed after a racist and misogynistic Instagram account arose, created and endorsed by students from Albany High School.
Going forward with the grant, Albany Stands will continue to provide educational opportunities to students at Albany High in addition to branching out to include the greater community through the production of videos covering topics including allyship and privilege. They hope that education on these topics will create a baseline understanding about systemic oppression and the ways we can combat it.