The Coleman Update • March 7, 2016  

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



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TOMORROW Tues 3/8: SFUSD BOE mtg including update on progress of AfAm Achievement Initiative and testimony in support of Lowell Black Student Union

When: Tuesday March 8th

Where: SFUSD Board Room at 555 Franklin St.

Join us tomorrow at the SFUSD board meeting where there will be a presentation to the Board on the progress of the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI), as well as the possibility of African American students returning to the Board meeting to speak out against and bring awareness to the injustices they face in our schools. Last month, the Black Student Union at Lowell High School issued a list of demands*, in response to a racist incident at their school in February, as well as past incidents of racism and an uncomfortable climate for African American students at the school. The demands – reflecting the negative experiences reported by African American students and families at schools throughout the district – include policy and practice reforms meant to transform African American students’ academic experiences and outcomes at all SFUSD schools.

Please come out to the Board meeting to show your support for our African American students. If you are interested in speaking, please remember to fill out a speakers card at the beginning of the meeting.

*Demands made by the Lowell Black Student Union:

  1. Diversifying the staff/more African American educators and staff/BSU representative present at all times during the hiring process
  2. Change in the school curriculum/education on other cultures/mandatory ethnic classes/mandatory just like European History
  3. All teachers required to take cultural sensitivity training/if not --> disciplinary action
  4. Full - time African American recruitment officer/person that can be trusted/designated # of hours
  5. African American Community Center at Lowell HS/safe space
  6. Zero - Tolerance policy for educators/administrators
  7. Ethnic Heritage Month


Saturday 3/11: 6th Latinx Youth Summit - Tu Lucha Es Mi Lucha: "Your Struggle Is My Struggle" 

When: Fri March 11 5pm to 9pm and Sat March 12 8:30am - 7:30pm

Where: St Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Ave, San Francisco.

This two-day summit invites Latinx students to come together for interactive workshops, hands-on presentations, keynote adresses, and social activities. The focus will center on promoting dialogue, building coalitions and community, supporting youth leadership, and developing strategies for dismantling systemic oppression. We will offer youth and adult tracks led by prominent activists, educators, and artists, including Bay Area community leaders Paul S. Flores, Maria Poblet, Dave "Davey D" Cook, and many more. Meals and snacks included.

For more info and to register, click here


3/17: African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting  

When: Thursday March 17th 5:30pm to 8pm

Where: 1520 Oakdale Ave in the Leola Havard Auditorium

Please join the AAPAC as we tackle the issues that surround our students through Sub Committee development focusing on Academic Achievement, Family Engagement and Social, Emotional and Behavioral support. Come share your experiences, offer suggestions and create courses of action to improve the outcomes of African American students in SF.  


San Francisco YouthWorks Will be Hiring for the Summer 2016 Session in March!

Who: San Francisco YouthWorks

What: Hiring for the Summer 2016 Session

When: Apply March 14th – April 8th, 2016


San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program designed to expose youth to public service careers and build job readiness skills in a supportive environment. SF YouthWorks offers: PAID internships in City Government ($12.25 -13.00/hr), interns can work up to 20 hours a week during the 2016 Summer session (June -August).  Apply now! 



Macintosh HD:Users:jose-luismejia:Desktop:Coleman 2015-16:E-newsletter:images:OCEIA Legal resource fair.jpgFREE Immigration Legal Consultations & Resource Fair

Who: SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs

What: FREE Immigration Legal Consultations & Resource Fair for all San Francisco Immigrant Families

When: Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM - 1 PM

Where: Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Ave, SF

What will be provided:
- Free legal consultations for the first 100 participants 
- A robust resource fair
- Presentations and information on deferred action, other immigration relief options, and immigrant rights

- There will also be free food, childcare & language services provided! 

Please spread the word about the absolutely free services being offered this day with family, friends, neighbors and more! Interested in volunteering at this event? Sign up online here: 

Learn more at


3/26: Opening Doors with Job Readiness Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair

Click here to RSVP


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TOMORROW 3/8: BOE meeting re AfAm Student Achievement Initiative + support for Lowell BSU

Saturday 3/11: Latinx Youth Summit

3/17: African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting

San Francisco YouthWorks Hiring for the Summer 2016 Session 

3/19: FREE Immigration Legal Consultations & Resource Fair

3/26: Youth Jobs and Resource Fair

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