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Urban Action Academy Hosts TED Talk: "Know Your Rights"


25 students from UAA and Brooklyn School for Career Development (BSCD) participated in the first TED Talk Series, "Know Your Rights" at Urban Action Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018. DOE Trial Attorney Ms. Catherine Sam engaged  students in a meaningful conversation about the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the United States Constitution. One female student shared with participants a copy of the Constitution, which she carries in her backpack along with her chemistry and Global History textbooks.

Students also participated in several role plays that simulate police encounters, with Ms. Sam's guidance. Students left the TED Talk equipped with knowing  the four (4) basic steps to take during a police encounter.

In a message to Principal Steve Dorcely, Ms. Sam said the following about the event:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share "Know Your Rights" at Urban Academy's first ever Ted Talk yesterday. Also, thank you for co-facilitating with me and your efforts to maintain student engagement and attentiveness during the talk. The students’ energy was invigorating, and I left your school feeling inspired and reenergized.

Through this presentation, I addressed two of my biggest passions in life: being a student of the Law and Young People. I also accomplished one of the goals I set for myself in joining this agency. I would be more than happy to return should Ms. Austin, Chief of Staff, DOE General Counsel Office organize any similar events.
Here are a few photos from the event:

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