Closing out Transformative Week


Bailey Fan 2014
On Friday, June Jordan’s spirit was channeled through Bailey Fan JJSE grad class of ’07  our Extended Day Program Co-Coordinator as she shared a beautiful poem she wrote with the community. It’s attached here — 


We Are The Ones 

by Bailey Fan, JJSE ‘07

composed in honor of the poet June Jordan, for the June Jordan School for Equity student body, August 2014

I hear it often

Why won’t somebody do something about that

Why won’t somebody do something about this

I guess

We missed it

That we are more than beings standing as statistics

That we are more than the breath of our existence

We are capable

A community choosing to stand by the name of a woman who so pushed the line through her words

She spoke the clearly divine empowerment of a people


Birthed into the arms of a father who understood the upcoming battles she would face

So by grace

He fed her wisdom

And within that wisdom a creation

Of a soldier standing for nations


A woman, filled with a bold character possessing the traits of something like a fighter with a lovers intent

To infiltrate the mind, but move the heart to transform it.

Creating a flow of people much more competent

To stand for something


A people

A community

Inheriting the passion to alter realities

Stepping into a position where the woman we represent has left the mark of a poet and an activist

Let us never become stagnant

Let us open our minds to see

That instead of waiting on somebody

We must see

We are just that.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.


Support an up and coming JJSE Alumni Teacher !

blanca Lopez JJSE  Alumni Blanca Lopez is a native Spanish speaker, Blanca is participating in the SFSU BEST (Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation) program. Let’s support Blanca in her dream to support her community! Please take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and support her in becoming a TEACHER !


Transformative Week at JJSE !

Tramdformative week 2013

During our Transformative Welcome Week, students engage in a week-long series of events that allow our students to make strong connections across different grades. These activities build teamwork and leadership skills and challenge our students to think creatively to solve problems. We spend this week reuniting with old friends, reaching out to new peers, and building the foundation for fighting oppression everywhere.

Building a community of strong social-justice minded, independent thinkers is what this school is about.

Transformative week 2013

NEW June Jordan Mural



The NEW June Jordan Mural greets students as they arrive back to school!

Made over intersession as a  collaborative effort  between SF born and raised artist Jessica Sabogal & JJSE Arts Coordinator Anne Grajeda!


For first generation Colombian American graffiti artist, Jessica Sabogal, art serves as a haven, a tribute, a creative outlet of adoration and exaltation for women with stories often untold.  Using a spray can, she reinvents what it means to be a female graffiti artist in a male-dominated medium and colors her canvas by unraveling stories she once heard, lived, struggled, and loved. She pushes the boundaries as an artist by utilizing her medium for social change, action, and empowerment.

Jessica’s  newest campaign entitled, “Women Are Perfect (If You Let Them)” spreads this simple but necessary notion worldwide. The first installation of this project took place in September 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia in the form of a 50 foot by 9 foot outdoor mural. She designed the 20th Anniversary Cover for Plume Book’s Bastard Out of Carolina, made front page on with her time-lapse tribute to Egyptian revolution, and is the first female artist commissioned to paint murals at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Jessica seeks to connect the world around us with art that reminds all that women are to be valued, glorified, respected, and above all, loved.

JJSE in Nicaragua

JJSE students with teacher Catalina Atria in Nicaragua

JJSE students with teacher Catalina Atria in Nicaragua

by JJSE Spanish/Humanities Teacher Catalina Atria
On June 2rd, four JJSE juniors embarked on a 3-week trip to Matagalpa, in Nicaragua. They were sponsored by Global Glimpse, a Bay Area based non-profit that supports young leadership in a globalized world. It took months to get there; students had to apply, study hard during preparation workshops, and fund-raise to cover part of their trips. Once in Nicaragua, we began a cultural and educational exchange during which we learned about politics, education, poverty, fair trade, etc, and engaged in voluntary work teaching English and decorating a soup kitchen for homeless children. We had long days that started at 5am and ended at 11pm; pouring rain that would shut off running water in the city; heat and bugs to run away from; and tons of fun.
As an educator, it was great to see our students in leadership roles. It was truly inspiring to see them work hard stepping out of their comfort zones, doing things for the first time, staying humble, and being comrades to each other through tough times and sickness. Each day, a new student took over the role of leader and guided the rest of the group in the day’s activities. Below are the blog entries for the days that our students were leaders:
Jermaine’s blog post on our first “fun day” (day off):
Megan’s blog post on Poverty:
Brian’s blog post on Aid and Development:
Yuri’s blog post on our second “fun day”:
 If you’d like to read about the entire trip, click on this link (and work your way up from the bottom):
 It was an honor to have you guys as my travel partners! Enjoy your summer!