NO LIMIT: Kai Johnson advocates for LGBTQ+ education and inclusion
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
At Brooklyn Center Community Schools, we nurture the boundless potential of each child and break down barriers so they can carve their own unique path. With anti-racism at our core, we’re raising a generation of learners who will be limited only by the ends of their imagination.
Through this campaign called NO LIMIT, we share the dreams and aspirations of our students. Because when we work together and put students’ dreams at the center, there is no limit to what they can achieve.
What are your dreams? What do you want to accomplish?
I am very interested in having a job involved in LGBTQ+ education/activism. I developed interest in this career after going to regionals for history day in 8th grade with my project on the Stonewall riots. While working on this project I learned so much about LGBTQ+ history and I realized this stuff had never been taught in school and I was upset that I had to learn it myself. In 9th grade, me and another student were working toward getting more LGBTQ+ education in our school. I continued to develop interest in this career when I joined our school’s GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance). I learned so much more about my community during this time and it made me wish everyone could be educated about these things because homophobia and transphobia can come from a lack of education and understanding. This year I have been even more interested in LGBTQ+ education and activism after being selected for OutFront Minnesota's youth council and a paid internship with OutFront Minnesota working on gender inclusion in schools in MN. One thing I want people to know about my goal is that I will never give up on striving for equality and equity for all minorities, not just people in the LGBTQ+ community.
Is there a staff member who has helped you realize your goals or brought you one step closer to what you want to accomplish? If so, who is this staff member and how have they helped you?
Ms. Lyren, Ms. Hannah, Mr. Parks and Mr. Oto have played a part in me being interested in this career. They have all constantly supported and encouraged me.