Two LAUSD board district 5 candidate forums were organized by United Way’s Young Civic Leaders, Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) and parent leaders in Southeast and Northeast Los Angeles. A combination of 250 students, parents, and community members attended both forums led and moderated by our student and parent leaders. 40 Students from all over LAUSD attended 8 Saturday meetings and identified themes pertaining to their education and experiences to create and refine questions they wished to ask the school board candidates. 

Topics featured at the Student-Led forum at South Gate High School were college readiness, undocumented student supports, mental health, teacher preparation, support for our queer students, and community representation. Students outreached to 10 Board District 5 schools, created Spanish/English GOTV social media images and tool kits, and video clips to share on their social platforms. 

The LAUSD school board candidate forums emphasize the importance of empowering the student voice to share their first hand experience on issues affecting their education, helped increase awareness for the election which took place on March 5, 2019 and ensured that the voices of parents, students and community members from across Board District 5 (Southeast, Northeast and South Central) were at the forefront of the special election.Two scholarships were awarded, one to a 1st year high school student at an LAUSD school and another to a second year at ELAC for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses at each educational institution.

In 2020, 4 LAUSD school board seats will be up for re-election with their terms beginning in 2021. Please stay tuned for how our students and communities will engage candidates around the issues that they care most about.

Join Young Civic Leaders and get involved for the 2020 School Board Elections!

Please visit: https://www.unitedwayla.org/en/our-work/education/youngcivicleaders/

*The Young Civic Leaders Program (YCLP) is a leadership development program created by United Way of Greater Los Angeles that empowers student leaders to speak out on social justice and education issues, becoming catalysts for change as they fight for the resources needed to prepare for college and sustainable careers.