SHOUT, formerly known as SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Committee), was formed by two High School Students, Yamini Yepuri & Berfin Bircan. Both shared a common idea: to expand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within our school district. They connected with the school's staff in hopes of creating a club dedicated to this matter. They connected with Dr. Chuck Herring, the DEI Director for our district, and collaborated to form this club. Throughout this period, they started recruiting the original members. Our first meeting, which was in September of 2019 had 16 total members. Out of the 16 invited students, only seven students and Dr. Herring were our key members that helped develop this club take off! As time progressed, we started expanding the organization to incredible heights. We have changed our name from SDLC to SHOUT, we have written a book on how to make your own organization in your school/district, we have held numerous events with student/faculty engagement, and much more. We have reached the attention of unexpected stakeholders, from former PA State Senator Iovino to Senator Pat Toomey. We have also received a Congressional Congratulatory Certificate from our state! But, this is only the beginning. We hope to spread our club/movement to schools and organizations worldwide!
Top from L-R: Jo Clark, Anyce Rivera, Aadi Balsaraf
Bottom from L-R: Zachary Betz, Anya Gupta, Yamini Yepuri, Berfin Bircan, Dr. Chuck Herring