On Monday, March 14th, Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL, and Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, visited Citizen Schools at the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters in Brooklyn to teach an afternoon class on journalism. Students learned about quality local news and wrote local news headlines that would represent their own communities and voices in a positive way. As part of an “interview clinic,” students also had the chance to interview the media experts themselves. "Our class with 6th through 8th graders at Brooklyn’s Academy of Arts and Letters was inspiring, as the children showed an eagerness to learn and a hunger to engage,” said Arianna Huffington. “That's why the work of Citizen Schools is so important. If given the opportunity to challenge themselves, even after the school day is over, school children will gladly take it. It’s my hope that all companies and organizations will work to expand such opportunities for children."
We hope to see more corporate leaders like Armstrong and Huffington in the classroom with us this year! Read the press release for more details and watch a 2-minute video to get a first-hand look at the fun:
A quote from one student in the class: "I have big goals for myself and sometimes gets discouraged, but hearing about how they had become successful was encouraging and inspiring to me.”