$30,000 / 2010, 2011
459 Vienna Street
San Francisco, California 94112
Neva Walker, Executive Director
Youth Making a Change (YMAC), the youth organizing component of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth organizes low-income Black, Latino, Filipino, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in five San Francisco public schools. YMAC won commitments from the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to increase affordable housing units from 1700 to 3100 by 2011. It also won a commitment by the San Francisco Board of Education (BoE) to close the achievement gap, ensure that 60% of every racial group in city schools would be on track to college by 2013 and that A-G courses would be available to every student. By 2014, A-G will be the default curriculum in SF public high schools. Hazen’s $30,000 grants in 2010 and 2011 will consolidate Coleman’s merger of youth and adult organizing into a youth-led intergenerational drive for equity, with particular focus on education.