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Over 1K students and educators participated in the inaugural Virtual Civics Fair and Youth Rally to include 101 teams, 40 celebrity Speak Up! Speak Out! Celebrity Judges, 20 guest speakers and contributors, 9 workshops and 1 art installation at the DoSeum.
One of the core pillars of CAST is Student Voice and Agency. Students act as co-creators and co-problem solvers at the school and beyond, offering ideas, posing new questions and authentically engaging in their education. Student-led learning promotes effective collaboration, development of leadership skills, and the development of self-management, goal setting, self-advocacy, and student agency. In the spirit of promoting student voice, the CAST Network Student Advisory established the Virtual Youth Rally to showcase their ideas through civic workshops, speakers, curated student art, and a poetry reading. We hope to encourage them to find issues within their communities and share their solutions.