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Youth Leaders Convene for a Weekend of Learning

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Just a few weeks ago, 50 students gathered in the Santa Cruz mountains for a weekend of learning, bonding, and growing – the first of many steps ramping up toward the launch of a new campaign this fall. Students learned from each other, built new relationships with students from across the state, and weighed in on the direction CFJ will take over the next several months. In the midst of their weekend of training and decision-making, students also hosted a statewide event, bringing together more than 20 organizations to weigh-in on our campaign strategy.

What does it look like when 50 youth come together to plan how to change California’s schools? Scroll through and share the photos below!


Pic 1Students arrive ready to meet new leaders and learn from each other, through an activity that focused on them engaging in conversations based on their identity: race, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or passion that help connect and share their struggles and their vision for change.

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Sessions included trainings on storytelling, leadership development, and basebuilding.

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During student lead clinics students troubleshoot challenges and identify solutions around some of the challenges they face in campaigns, base building and as leaders organizing.
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Students put their skills to the test with a debate! Students practiced their storytelling skills to make their case.

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Students wrapped up the weekend by making commitments to use the skills and knowledge they gained through the weekend to continue to build up other leaders in their schools.


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