NYCAN advocates for the success of every New York student, from pre-K through college and career. We improve policy to help all students thrive and share promising practices and stories to demonstrate that all kids CAN succeed.
It was one of those crisp New York autumn mornings when a student came to see me after class, her eyes big and watery. I was two months into my first year of teaching, so this didn’t come as a surprise; I had learned during that time that middle schoolers cry more than you’d expect. Bullying, dances, boyfriends, field trips, a rumor passed around in a note…it isn’t easy being thirteen. It’s even harder being thirteen in the South Bronx.