May 28, 2013
Thank you for making Coleman’s “Change for the Next Generation” Gala Event a Smash Hit!
On behalf of all of us at Coleman Advocates, a huge thanks to everyone who helped to make last week’s Change for the Next Generation celebration a terrific event! We were so inspired by the tremendous outpouring of support and love shown by everyone present. More than 200 people packed the reception and it was a standing room only crowd in the theater space for the program. Loco Bloco and FA'ATASI/Camp Unity SF both gave unforgettable, mesmerizing performances. The dynamic MC duo of Coleman staffer Pina Canaveral and student leader Toody Mafua'ofa kept the audience hanging on their every word and laughing at quite a few of them. More than one tear was shed in response to the moving acceptance speeches by our inspiring Next Generation Champion Awardees: Supervisor Jane Kim, Trustee Steve Ngo, Public Counsel and Jobs with Justice. And what could be more Coleman than the giggles and squeals of delight from the children playing in the childcare space or sliding down the slide in the main reception hall? Of course, the evening would not have been the same without the masterful event management support of Organic Events, the bountiful supply of mouth-watering delectables created and served by Stacy Scott Catering, and the marvelous event space provided by the Children’s Creativity Museum.
And last but not least, none of this fabulousness would have been possible without our wonderful host committee and sponsors. We couldn’t do what we do without the time and resources donated by these generous individuals and organizations so committed to Coleman’s success and to building a city of hope, justice, and opportunity for all children and families in San Francisco.
Click here to view the full list of our 2013 Coleman Gala Event Sponsors and Host Committee.
Click here to check out the gallery of hilarious and adorable Photobeats photobooth pics from the evening.
For a slightly less accessorized, but no less fabulous photo account of the evening, click here to check out the Flickr photostream of pictures taken by our amazing event photographer, Joseph Smooke.
Click here for a short (under 3 minutes) and powerful video Coleman members and staff made (with their cell phones!) on the Gala themes of Hope, Justice, and Opportunity.
Join us June 4th and let SFUSD know that you support Local Hire for the District!
What: Board of Education Meeting vote on Local Hire Policy
When: Tuesday June 4th 6pm
Where: 555 Franklin St.
In March 2013, the School Board voted 7-0 to instruct staff at the school district to develop a local hiring policy for SFUSD, mirroring the one adopted by the City and County of San Francisco in 2010. An SFUSD policy will help guarantee the hiring of local San Francisco residents and contractors for future SFUSD bond measure construction projects. At the next Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday June 4th, district staff will present the local hire policy they developed and the commissioners will decide whether or not to approve the policy. Please join us in advocating for the passage of this critical policy!
SF Summer Jobs Program Will Include Opportunities for Undocumented Youth
Thanks to everyone who signed on to our letter urging Mayor Lee and the city of San Francisco to include summer job opportunities for undocumented young people as part of the SF Summer Jobs Plus program. Over 5,000 undocumented youth ages 14-24 live in San Francisco. For many, Summer Jobs Plus in 2012 was not an option because they did not have right to work documents. We hope to change that and open new windows of opportunity for undocumented youth this summer!
Click here for more information about the Mayor’s call to city departments and the private sector to create youth jobs and about the formal commitment from Summer Jobs Plus to create specific opportunities for undocumented youth!
Coleman joins CQE partners in Sacramento to push for Local Control Funding Formula.
On May 21st, Coleman staff and members joined hundreds of high school students, parents, and equity advocates from across the state at a Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) rally in Sacramento to challenge legislators to adopt Governor Brown’s LCCF as part of the 2013-14 state budget. LCFF provides an equal base funding amount for all students and adds more funding to take into account the greater needs that low-income students, English learners and foster youth. While the legislature has held budget and policy hearings on LCFF, students and parents have never been invited to testify as main witnesses concerning the impact of the LCFF proposal.
Click here to read more about LCFF, it’s potential impact, and the status of the Governor’s proposal.
Coleman helps launch a Bay Area Chapter of the Dignity In Schools Campaign
Coleman joined a broad range of Bay Area community-based and advocacy organizations on May 15th to launch a Bay Area chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC). The chapter is currently hosted by the Black Organizing Project in Oakland. Formed in 2009, DSC is a national coalition of organizations working to end school push-out and advocate for the rights of students, parents, and community members.
Click here to read more about the new formation and the vision and goals of the group on the Black Organizing Project’s Blog.