New Student Group Working Towards Positive Change
By Sierra Skaggs
As many readers may know, in the beginning of March we lost a fellow student due to gun violence. As a response to that tragedy, a group of students here at Patterson decided to form a group called Catalyst for Change.
The Patterson Press interviewed Christina Johnson, a senior who is a member of Catalyst for Change. At the time that we interviewed Johnson, there were 6 members in the group, but that number may have increased since then.
The students had a specific goal that they wanted to achieve when they created Catalyst for Change.
“We created the group so students can have a voice, they can voice their problems, opinions, and be heard, and to show the cultural diversity of Patterson, and make a difference.”, explains Johnson.
According to Johnson, the group has consensus-based process for making decisions.
“We voice our concerns about the school and we come up with different ideas, brainstorming, and we each come up with a mutual agreement.”
Catalyst for Change held a Culture Day event on April 27 to celebrate the cultural diversity of Patterson High School, which is the most diverse high school in Baltimore City. Principal Myrick called the event “phenomenal” and expressed her appreciation for the student organizers who “have been working consistently for six weeks to put their vision into reality”.
Many students and staff members are hopeful that Catalyst for Change will continue to be a force for positive transformation at Patterson next school year.