United Way of Greater Los Angeles stands behind young people willing to work for positive change in their communities.
Our Student Leadership Program, now in its third year, empowers high school students to demand policy changes in LAUSD while learning about careers where they can continue making a difference. The 2016 class includes 55 Student Leaders from diverse backgrounds, from the Valley to the South Bay.
Check out our 2016 Student Leader Photo Gallery!
Student Leaders complete an eight-month fellowship where they delve deeply into education policy and social justice while leading campaigns at their school sites. Over the summer, they participate in internships with education and community organizations. Students feel more prepared for college and career once they graduate.
Last year, the students led a movement for greater community engagement with the LAUSD board election. Among their peers, parents and community groups, Student Leaders highlighted the importance of the four LAUSD board seats up for re-election. They pushed for strong voter turnout in both the February general election and the run-off election in May. Our Student Leaders successfully registered over 3,000 peers across LAUSD. Through their efforts, the community has more say over who will manage LAUSD’s $7 billion budget, which directly affects the lives of 650,000 students and 45,000 educators.
Read about the students’ efforts with the #LAYouthVote campaign in Sandy Banks’ Los Angeles Times article. You can learn more about one of our amazing students, Miriam Antonio in an article from columnist Steve Lopez.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with the Student Leaders, or are interested in providing high school students with an internship over the summer, please contact Carol Chaker at email@example.com.