As a member of Students Organizing a Multicultural and Open Society (SOMOS) at Baltimore City College, Yashira Valenzuela spends most of her time outside of school tackling systemic injustices in the Baltimore city school system.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift to remote learning, Yashira and her fellow SOMOS members began to realize how many Baltimore students lack access to affordable high-speed internet.
Yashira is one of six active members of SOMOS. During the school year, SOMOS has around 20-30 members from all grades. The group, which primarily consists of Latinx students, originated in 2014 to address inequity in high school choice applications for English language learners.
via Baltimore Fishbowl