“It is a sure fine way to jumpstart a lifelong passion of community involvement and grassroots organizing.”
Vee Banh Intern for Santa Clara Supervisor Blanca Alvarado
Students organized an informational session with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to teach about water conservation and pollution, and gathered almost 100 volunteers to clean up the litter from a section of Coyote Creek.
Community Health Fair
Students planned and executed a health fair that offered resources to East Side San Jose residents on diabetes, high blood pressure, hepatitis B, and other health conditions prevalent in the community. They also held a panel of hepatitis B awareness among API communities.
National Night Out
Students worked alongside community associations to plan the annual celebration that unites local neighborhoods and advocates for prevention crime and drug prevention.
Students coordinated a campaign to highlight the lives and stories of immigrants to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and empower other immigrant communities. Components of the campaign included video narratives of these stories, artwork inspired by immigrant narratives, a student resolution and petition to call for more comprehensive curriculum regarding immigrant contributions throughout American history, and an event to showcase all of this work.
Why I Vote Campaign
Students designed and implemented a comprehensive campaign that encourages peer-to-peer education and mobilization around issue-awareness and voting. Through skills and leadership workshops, LEAD students learned the importance of educated voting and developing deeper understanding about issues that impact local communities. Students directed a multi-tiered campaign that engages their peers through social media and conversation to discuss the issues they care about and work collectively to find a solution. Students registered around 900 individuals during the 2014 summer program. Check out the social media campaign here.