Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition is in demand. The youth leaders of this 11-organization coalition have been asked to co-host two important events in November.
RECEPTION AT SUMMIT—The first, on November 15 in Redondo Beach, is a reception that brings together our L.A.-based youth leaders with foundation executives who are gathering at a summit meeting of the statewide Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. The Alliance, which is coordinated by PolicyLink, is committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. Liberty Hill has been a longtime and active member of the Alliance. At the reception, which is by invitation, and is at capacity, youth leaders will meet with summit attendees and share their insights and experiences in youth-led community organizing campaigns.
“SCHOOL CLIMATE” HEARING—Open to the public and of special interest to students, parents and teachers at L.A. Unified School District, is the November 29 “School Climate” Hearing co-hosted by Brothers, Sons, Selves, and School Board member Monica Garcia. Brothers Sons, Selves Coalition is a partnership formed in 2012 by Liberty Hill, The California Endowment and a strong coalition of Los Angeles grassroots organizations.
The Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition's very first campaign was the successful passage of the School Climate Bill of Rights, a list of specific policy changes to improve the climate for students at their schools by putting aside discredited approaches to discipline. Key features were the banning of “willful defiance” as a catch-all reason for suspension, and the establishment of a well-regarded program called “restorative justice” to be rolled out at all district schools.
The policy change won headlines throughout the country, and the program along with the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition have become models for other cities. District data shows that as a result, graduation rates have risen as suspensions have decreased dramatically.
At the November 29 event, 4:30 to 7 pm at 333 South Beaudry Avenue, L.A. 90017, parents, students and teachers are invited to a hearing by the Successful School Climate Committee chaired by Monica Garcia, where they have an opportunity to share their views on the progress of the School Climate Bill of Rights. Youth leaders of Brothers, Sons, Selves will present testimony on implementation of the policy and describe challenges to be overcome.