Author: Samantha Smylie

Samantha Smylie is a journalist from Chicago. She graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics in 2017. She graduated from John Hope High School in Chicago.

Project Soapbox Allows Students to Speak Their Minds

Spending a cold, snowy November Saturday at Jones College Prep for the Mikva Challenge Project Soapbox speech event was an inspiring experience. More than 250 high school students came out and gave the world a piece of their minds in 2-minute speeches on policy issues that fire them up. Estefani Armenta, a junior at Benito Juarez High School, reminded me…