A group of teens with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco realized their mental health needs were being overlooked at school. So they did some research -- and wound up changing school district policy.
San Francisco’s Chinese Progressive Association runs a youth leadership program. Teens who participate take on an in-depth project every few years. That’s how they sharpen their advocacy and public speaking skills. Their most recent campaign was deeply personal. Youth leaders realized that many of them had struggled with mental health issues -- and they hadn’t gotten the help they needed at their high schools. So they did some research, put out a study, and changed district policy. On June 25, 2019, the San Francisco Unified Board of Education unanimously approved their resolution. It’s called “Our Healing in Our Hands” and it marks an important shift in the way high school wellness centers will be run. Spoiler alert: the young people gave themselves the power to decide what works. KALW Education Reporter Lee Romney explains. Listen here.
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