Meaningful Youth Engagement to Guide School Climate
Partnering with students, caregivers, and community partners is crucial in creating environments that are safe, supportive, and inclusive. School leaders can achieve a higher level of participation by offering students collaborative roles in affecting change based on their critical examinations of learning conditions. Collaborating with students is especially important for secondary students, as creating opportunities for youth to practice decision-making skills aligns with the neurological and developmental needs of adolescents.
The CCSC has prioritized youth engagement through the creation of the Youth Advisory Team (YAT), a group of six high school students who provide input on climate needs based on their lived experiences in public schools throughout the state.
- Alexa Southall, 10th grade student
- Jubia Chavez, 12th grade student
- Amiya Farias, 11th grade student
- Julian Berkowitz–Sklar, 12th grade student
- Aisha Bilgrammi, 10th grade student
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