June Jordan School for Equity presents…

“Strength In Numbers”
Youth Summit

On November 21, June Jordan School for Equity hosted an all-day “Strength in Numbers” youth summit, to not only discuss the shooting which occurred at our school October 18, but also broader topics that affect all youth in the district.

This video captures the spirit of the event:

JJSE: Youth Summit from Room 212 Productions on Vimeo.

Hundreds of young people from various SFUSD middle and high school students convened on the JJSE campus and spent the entire day discussing issues such as community safety, education, immigration, LGBTQ, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, bullying, gentrification, women empowerment, stereotypes, latinx, and racism.

SFUSD schools in attendance: Abraham Lincoln High School, The Academy High School, Aptos Middle School, Asawa School of the Arts, Balboa High School, Buena Vista Horace Mann School, City Arts & Technology High School, Everett Middle School, Galileo High School, Independence High School, Leadership High School, Lowell High School, Martin Luther King Jr Middle School, Mission High School, Philip & Sala Burton High School, Presidio Middle School, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, Willie Brown Jr Middle School, and June Jordan School for Equity.

Keynote Speakers: Monica Paris Higgins (JJSE), Patrick Caminangian (USF)

Elected officials in attendance: Edwin Lee (Mayor of San Francisco), Toney Chaplin (SFPD Interim Police Chief), Meyong Leigh (SFUSD Interim Superintendent), John Avalos (SF Board of Supervisor), Matt Haney (SFUSD Board of Education President), Shamann Walton (SFUSD Board of Education Vice-President), Emily Murase (SFUSD Board of Education Commissioner), Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell (SFUSD Board of Education Commissioner), Mark Sanchez (SFUSD Board of Education Commissioner-Elect).

Our goals included:

  • build better relationships with other schools
  • stand in solidarity with one another, because each student has similar struggles that many other students go through
  • come together to talk about the various forms of oppression we deal with
  • raise awareness to people in positions of power
  • start the process of creating change within our unified school district