The Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative (YFCEI)
In partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, the DHF is currently launching the Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative to increase civic participation among low-income, disenfranchised youth and their families to reduce racial and socio-economic disparities. Through evidence-based best practices, the YFCE Initiative trains youth and family members for meaningful leadership roles and civic participation.
A leadership cohort of 200 low-income, diverse young people will be recruited and selected from local middle and high schools (in Kern, Fresno, Alameda & Contra Costa counties). They will attend intensive civics and leadership classes offered during all school breaks, some evenings and Saturdays. In addition to the classes, cohort members participate in leadership exchanges, public speaking, community advocacy, and they take on leadership roles in community improvement and civic projects.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
In Spring 2018, DHF’s Vecinos Unidos were active in advocating for education reform. DHF’s Education Department provided a total of 18 LCAP trainings to prepare Vecinos for the Local Control Accountability Plan (budgeting) input process. Vecinos Unidos(Neighbors United) Chapters representing 10 school districts. A total of 207 participants advocated at board meetings and/or public hearings, a total of 74 recommendations were submitted to the school districts, and 37 out of the 74 LCAP recommendations were adopted for the 2018-19 school year. Recommendations included increased funding to implement translation services, enhance Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS),the implementation of cultural awareness curriculum and training, more counselors, and the hiring of more teachers of color.