The Coleman Update • January 26, 2016  

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



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Saturday 1/30: Grand Re-Opening of Monroe Elementary School Playground

What: Free lunch, family fun, games, art, and a ribbon cutting ceremony!

Where: Monroe Elementary School, 260 Madrid St., San Francisco 

When: Saturday, January 30, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project on Saturday, January 30 at Monroe Elementary School for an exciting kick-off celebration to mark the grand re-opening of the school’s playground on weekends.

The neighborhood event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, biking, sports, books, art, and fun activities for all ages from the Mission YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Excelsior Collaborative, Coleman Advocates, Bicycle Coalition, and more! A free lunch will be provided, and there will also be an opportunity to win four tickets to the Academy of Sciences.

Don’t miss this exciting event and a chance to show your support for open schoolyards across San Francisco! Here are the details:

RSVP: Click here!


Paid Youth Internships with Vote16 Youth Empowerment Academy

[Vote16 is especially trying to recruit young people to apply by January 29th in time to participate in a skill-building retreat February 6-7. The application is attached and available online here.]

Applications for SOUL West Coast National Youth Organizing Training Institute due 2/12

What: 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute

When: March 30, 31 & April 1

Where: Oakland, CA

Co-sponsored by: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Chinese Progressive Association Youth MOJO, Coleman Advocates, Innercity Struggle & Seeding Change

Click here to apply online (both individuals and organizations). Applications Due February 12th.  

The INSTITUTE 2016, offered on both East & West Coasts, is an introductory organizing training for young organizers, young member leaders, and youth organizers from across the country.

Participants will come together to build their skills, exchange lessons learned, and strategize to fight and win justice for our communities. We'll develop a solid and systematic orientation to the fundamentals of organizing, including base-building, campaign strategy, and leadership development. Rooted in current youth struggles, the INSTITUTE will provide a unique space for emerging leaders to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, to advance our organizations and to build a stronger movement.

Participants will receive SOUL’s youth organizing curriculum manual, as well as breakfast and lunch for all days of training. Training fees range from $200 to $690, and are determined on a sliding scale based on organizational budget. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses. Space in the INSTITUTE is limited, so please apply early!

For more information, assistance, or to discuss your application with us, please call (510)451-5466 x217 or email SOUL at

 In the news:

Willie Brown Middle School finding its footing after bumpy start, SF Examiner (Jan 25)

Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement with Flint, Michigan, (Jan 22)

3 Former Fundraisers for Mayor Ed Lee Charged With Bribery, Money Laundering, KQED (Jan 22)

Historic #ReclaimMLK Weekend in the Bay Area - 96 Hours of Direct Action, Video Recap by CommunityReady (Jan 22)

Tensions high at Woods police commission meeting, El Tecolote (Jan 21)

Brown praises return to local control in State of the State, EdSource (Jan 21)

Mario Woods given posthumous diploma after SFPD shooting, SFGate (Jan 21)

Airbnb makes half its SF money with illegal listings, 48hills (Jan 20)

Schools in Detroit are in bad shape – so teachers are taking to the internet to protest, AJ+ (Jan 19)

California schools need a new accountability system, not no accountability, EdSource (Jan 18)

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam, The Guardian (Jan 18)

SF City Leaders: Super bowl is worst deal ever, ABC7news (Jan 15)

Boosting the role of parents of English learners in preschools, Edsource (Jan 14)



Wednesday 1/27: SFUSD Forum - Making Sense of District Data 

Saturday 1/30: Grand Re-Opening of Monroe Elementary School Playground

Paid Youth Internship Opportunities with Vote16 Academy

SOUL West Coast Youth Organizing Institute Applications Due 2/12

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