The Coleman Report • October 16, 2014  

A weekly update on issues, policies and actions affecting children, youth and families in San Francisco.


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 Help us get the word out to voters and help pass Prop C in November!

We now have less than 3 weeks left until the electionand we need your help in getting the word out about Prop C (the Children & Youth Fund, and the Public Education and Enrichment Fund).  These funds total over $125 million in critical services that the city’s children, youth and families depend upon.  Please join us in making sure Prop C passes, and protect these services— take a look at the opportunities below and contact us now to get involved!


1. Join a precinct walk

2. Table at a community event

3. Host a merchant walk

4. Help with our social media campaign. Click here to like us on facebook or look for us on twitter @voteyesonC.

5. Recruit volunteers

6. Help fundraise in your community

To get involved, sign up to volunteer at:


Richmond district

Saturday, October 18, 10am

767 22nd Ave (@ Fulton St)

Contact Sandra Fewer (415-722-5419


Saturday, October 18, 10am

Mama Art Cafe, 4754 Mission St (between Persia Ave and Russia Ave)

Contact Chelsea Boilard (415-218-2764


Saturday, October 18, 11am

LYRIC, 127 Collingwood St

Contact Jodi Schwartz ( Murphy (415-577-3095)

Do you want to know more about Prop C? Well, you are in luck! We have a great speakers' bureau and a wide network of supporters that can come to your meeting or event to explain the measure, and share personal testimonies about what Prop C means to them and to all of us. Let Sara know at if you are interested.

Visit our website or Facebook page for more details:


Board of Ed Candidates answer to young people most affected by SFUSD policies at a Youth-Led Candidate Forum

Last Wednesday, more than 100 people came out to a youth-led Board of Ed Candidate Forum in the Bayview district of San Francisco. Students and parents, supported by Spanish and Chinese translators, questioned candidates Trevor McNeil, Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murphy, Shamann Murphy, Jaime Wolfe, and Dennis Yang about the their plans and priorities if elected. 

Coleman organized the forum as part of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign Week of Action Against School Pushout. The Week of Action was designed to raise national awareness about the school pushout crisis and included over 100 actions and events throughout the country. 

More than a dozen community organizations that work directly with students and parents in low-income communities sponsored the forum: Chinese for Affirmative Action, HOMEY, 100% College Prep, Student Advisory Council, Chinese Progressive Association, CHALK, Mission Graduates, Larkin Street, Japanese Community Youth Council, Youth Leadership Institute, YMCA, College Track, LYRIC, TAY-SF, Teach for America, Sunset Youth Service, and Huckleberry Youth Programs.  All of the organizations are actively committed to improving educational outcomes for low-income studentsof color in San Francisco. 

Special thanks to the YMAC youth leaders, Everett Middle School students, and the staff and members of the Student Advisory Council, CHALK, and Mission Graduates who helped to plan and facilitate the interactive forum.    

“We organized the Forum so that students would have a chance to talk directly with the candidates”, said Kimberly Banford, Coleman Advocates’ Youth Organizing Coordinator and former SFUSD student and YMAC member. “All students deserve an equal opportunity to succeed but the reality is that a lot of Black, Latino, and Pacific Islander students from our neighborhoods are being pushed out and left behind. They wanted to hear directly from the candidates what they plan to do about this and how they plan to work with students to fix the problems in their schools.”


Bye Bye Bullying Youth Video Contest


Coleman documentary about school-to-prison pipeline available for online viewing/screening

In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates, director Kevin Epps takes a look at the negative effects of harsh zero tolerance policies in schools and one community's inspiring response. Highlighting Coleman's landmark student-led Solutions Not Suspensions campaign in San Francisco and examining how young people are directly affected by school discipline policies, the film serves as an informative and inspiring education tool. Click here to stream the video.  


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• Anti-bullying youth video contest

• Coleman documentary film

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BOE Candidate Forum organizers all geared up just before the event last Wednesday

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