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Sam Battan


As the founder of the Colorado Youth Congress, Sam Battan organizes diverse communities of young people to lead systems-level change. Growing up in the segregated suburbs of Denver, Sam's eyes were opened to the realities of racism and poverty when he moved to New Orleans in 2011 to become a founding teacher at a new alternative high school. It was there he found his passion in helping young people develop agency as they change the world around them. Sam was honored as the district's High School Teacher of the Year for his students' high levels of civic engagement. In addition to being a seven-year educator, Sam takes pride in being a community organizer -- he is the co-founder of Equity Network United for Metro Denver and ONE NOLA, and has served as the education chair for the Welcome Table New Orleans, the nation’s first city-sanctioned initiative for racial reconciliation. 

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