Advocacy for Educational Equity

Kid City is serious about opening the door for young people to bring their hopes and dreams, concerns and solutions  to decision-makers! We do this by participating in leadership in the field, coordinating listening sessions, and inviting students to testify to public and institutional entities -- including state legislators, congressional representatives, the UC Regents, and the CSU Trustees, among others. Here are just a few of the ways we work to engage students in creative, constructive, community actions.


Local & Institutional Advocacy

Kid City students and alumni learn to speak on issues of equity in education, accessibility to the arts, and other topics important to them. They provide testimony in legislative visits and institutional hearings on issues concerning first generation and low-income students: college access and affordability, K-16 education, financial aid, access to arts, etc. Training is provided several times each year, helping students gain advocacy skills - empowering them to be strong advocates for themselves and their communities.


Partners in Education Equity

We are proud to collaborate with our partners in the education equity space:

  • College for All Coalition (Steering Committee)
  • Southern California College Attainment Network (Steering Committee)
  • Education Trust West (Community Partner)
  • National College Attainment Network (member)
  • Slate Z Promise Zone (member)
  • Undocumented Student Coalition (member)
  • Great Public Schools Now (member)



Rapid Response Team

Kid City students have become known for their willingness to speak up on behalf of students like themselves, their families, and communities. Partners call on us with opportunities -- asking questions at candidate forums, providing testimony for budget committees, etc. Students who have gone through one of our advocacy trainings, or participated in prior advocacy events, are invited to join our rapid response team. 

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