Authentic Education Through Community Action
Community Action Projects are long term commitments to the neighborhoods where our school sites are based. These projects take place in the local community and seek to address an inequity that exists in the neighborhood. For example, in East Los Angeles, our students wanted to address the fact that their neighborhood lacked access to fresh, healthy produce. That trimester, teachers created a curriculum that gave students the opportunity to study and learn more about food deserts. At the end of the trimester, students worked with a local corner liquor store to add refrigeration units and stock them with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Other Community Action Projects have included a Health Fair, a Rock the Vote voter registration drive, a Town Hall event and organized protests against sheriff violence in L.A. County jails, and a campaign against gang injunctions. Click here to read more about recent and upcoming community action projects.
Here’s a great example of what a community action project looks like:
Below are some other examples of the social justice advocacy work and community action projects that students at YouthBuild Charter School of California have done in their communities. You can also click here to download a PDF with more detailed information on three of our site’s community action projects.: