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Foundation Grantee: Californians for Justice and Youth Voice improving District Schools

In 2013, California passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The funding formula is intended to improve student outcomes and increase equity by providing more resources to districts with larger populations of low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth. Additionally, LCFF requires that stakeholder groups, including students, are included as districts develop their Local Control and Accountability Plans. This allows youth to further make contributions to holistic policy district policy recommendations. To support this inclusion, East Side Union High School District in San Jose partnered with Foundation grantee Californians for Justice to support and implement student voice and participation in District-level decision-making. This case study by UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools examines the impact of Californians for Justice’s youth-led work in East Side Union High School District.

LCFF Case Study: Youth Power, Voice, and Participation in San Jose

From UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools

Stealing Home from Educational Video Center on Vimeo.

What is home? Through looking at the history of redlining in New York City, Educational Video Center Youth Producers explore the effects of gentrification on a rapidly changing Washington Heights community, and the resulting increases in housing costs across New York City. The film profiles EVC Youth Producer Raimundo Delacruz, as he navigates the changes in his home, while wrestling with the possibility that things may never be the same.