In June 2018, 40 teenagers from 15 high schools in the St. Louis area gathered at the Brown School of Social Work to explore educational equity through systems thinking mapping and modeling.

The four-day, youth-led summit was facilitated and co-designed by a team of eleven high school fellows, after an intensive three week training and design process. Using a Community Based System Dynamics (CBSD) framework, youth leaders engaged their peers in answering the question: “What factors affect a student’s educational experience?” The resulting models create an emerging definition of educational equity from the students’ perspective.

The mission of the Changing Systems Youth Summit is to expose STL youth to system dynamics as a way to better understand and design solutions to the complex problems that affect them.

The Changing Systems Summit is a partnership with SkipNV, an agency focused on co-designing strategies to build equity in education with communities.