Santiago encourages students to participate in a variety of clubs to encourage new friendships, learn to work together as a team, and develop leadership skills-all while having fun learning new skills.
Nonprofit organization Published Points of View organized workshops in Santiago Middle School with the help of El Modena HS student Alexander Hamidi.
Throughout the three days, participants learned how to write an Op-Ed article through hands on learning, and instruction about research and argumentation. After the instruction periods, students had time to write their own articles about any topic they were passionate about. After hours of hard work, participants submitted their articles, which will be published in the digital newspaper The Outspoken.
The organization was formed by high school students in Los Angeles who wanted to amplify the voice of local middle school students by allowing them to publish their writing. The organization has held several workshops throughout Southern California, and continues to imbue developing students with new knowledge and writing skills.