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The Stockton Schools Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of STUDENTS, FAMILIES, and COMMUNITY MEMBERS that work to IMPROVE educational outcomes for young people in Stockton. We seek to EMPOWER residents, educators, and communities to come together around INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS to the issues in our schools.
The Stockton Schools Initiative works to EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, and AMPLIFY THE VOICES of students and families in the area of Southeast Stockton. This initiative is comprised of two parallel projects – one working with high school students and another working with parents and families in the southeast region of Stockton.
The Student Organizing Project works to build leadership among students, this July the Stockton Schools Initiative hosted the Sixth annual Summer Success and Leadership Academy (SSLA), an ongoing project to introduce students to research and advocacy skills over one week at the University of the Pacific. This year, 35 students from throughout Stockton (representing Edison, Stagg, Chavez, and Franklin High schools, Health Careers Academy, and Langston Hughes Academy) participated in this project. Students developed ideas for using school funding to serve high-needs students in Stockton – around topics such as boosting counselor staffs, restorative justice practices, and increasing Wi-Fi/internet accessibility – which they presented at their culminating graduation.
More recently, the Stockton Schools Initiative had its formal community launch on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, at a meeting to discuss what Stockton families want to see in the next Stockton Schools Superintendent. Over 40 parents and students attended. In addition to collecting feedback from community members, this event allowed family members to share their broader visions for education in Stockton.