Private Skills for a Public Purpose (PSPP) aims, through design and research, to help private school students understand their place in a greater system of education. Students mix reading and research with tangible hands-on shop skills to build relationships and empathy for people beyond the walls of the school. Shops skills are primarily in the area of wood and metal fabrication but the course is not constrained by specific tools or mediums. Students are given an opportunity to work closely with a public school or nonprofit organization to provide design and build skills while filling needs within the local organization.
A group of frosh students and an adult advisor visited the Community Living Campaign to learn about the services that they provide, the biggest needs thay have to address and to help the organization. Students prepared materials and helped digitize photographs for the CLC's senior community.
14 Ninth graders from Lick-Wilmerding High School and 7 residents from the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living had the opportunity to chat one to one for two separate conversations of about 45 minutes each. After the one-on-ones, the group came together for a facilitated conversation about what they were surprised to learn about each other and how they would use this experience in their own lives and/or communities. It was an important reminder that we will all age and be in a place where we need some help one day, and we would all hope to have people who are willing to help in our lives.
As a private school with a public purpose, service and community engagement are at the core of an LWHS education. The Public Purpose Program is a way for students to truly live LWHS’ mission and meaningfully engage with local, national, and global communities. The four year program, outlined below, guides students in several ways, from recognizing how to apply their education and unique talents, to ultimately affecting positive change and social justice.
In their first year at LWHS, freshmen participate in a yearlong workshop series that explores privilege, the roots of inequality, volunteerism, and community. This curriculum culminates in a day of service during the spring semester where the entire freshman class begins to enact the mindsets and attitudes cultivated over the year.
Sophomores spend the year completing 40 hours of service. With the support of the Public Purpose Program, students can partner with local organizations, participate in Center for Civic Engagement sponsored projects, or find their own opportunities. At the end of the year, sophomores take part in an LWHS Volunteer Exhibition, in which they present information on their service and highlight local organizations with whom they have partnered. Freshmen attend this exhibition and begin to think about how they can complete the service requirement during their sophomore year.
Juniors complete their Public Purpose Program requirement by enrolling in an academic class with a service learning component, designing a relevant independent study, or working as an intern with a local nonprofit organization.
Seniors may choose to deepen the inquiry they began during their junior year by interning with the same organization or pursuing similar service-based academics. Alternatively, they may decide to design an independent study based on a different theme, take a course with an alternative focus, or apply for a new internship.
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People of Color in Independent Schools of Northern California
Annual Conferences TBD POCIS offers student and adult conferences annually and supports the academic achievement, professional development, advancement, self-determination and well-being of students, families, and adults of color in PK–12 Bay Area schools all-year round. Visit website
POCC and Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017 | Anaheim, CA
Part of the National Association of Independent Schools, The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is an inclusive, multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from around the country. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, allyship, and community building. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop an appreciation of their own identities, build effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, and practice expression through the arts, while networking with their peers. Visit website
White Privilege Conference
April 4–7, 2018 | Grand Rapids, Michigan
The 18th Annual White Privilege Conference, Let Freedom Ring—Re-Imagining Equity and Justice in the United States, is designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc.—the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege. Visit website
Aim High is an award-winning summer program for middle school youth combines rigorous academics with a fun and highly supportive learning environment. It has been supporting students and families for 25 years. Read more about the history of Aim High and their connection to LWHS.
BATTI is a two-year elementary school combined masters and credential program under the sponsorship of University of the Pacific, Stockton. Our students work as paid, full time assistant teachers in one of 25 independent schools in the Bay Area while taking credential classes two evenings a week. Close supervision from thoughtful, experienced mentors and supervisors creates an atmosphere of reflection, collegiality, and support.
Established in December 2010, the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District is one of the newest CBDs in San Francisco. The district boundaries include properties that front Ocean Avenue from Manor Drive on the west running along Ocean Avenue to Interstate 280. There are 148 properties within the district including commercial, retail, educational, non-profit and residential uses. Managed by a nonprofit organization called Ocean Avenue Association, this district will focus on cleaning and maintenance, safety, marketing, and streetscape improvements for 15 years.
Youth Art Exchange provides free after school and summer programming in visual and performing arts to public high school students in San Francisco. They also offer a number of paid internships and other youth leadership opportunities. Students come to Youth Art Exchange for a chance to experiment in the arts and a place to be themselves; they find artistic training, new mediums for self-expression and a diverse and supportive community.
The office of Youth Art Exchange is located at LWHS and offers classes Monday–Thursday from 3:30–6:30pm.
If you are a nonprofit wanting to reserve space at LWHS—Thank you for your interest in hosting an event, meeting, or conference on the LWHS campus. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are not able to accommodate every request. Please review the information below and then contact Director of Student Inclusion, Leadership and Civic Engagement Christine Godinez or your faculty/staff sponsor with any questions and your actual request.
Please keep the following in mind as you flesh out your request:
Please note we don’t process requests between April 15–August 15.
The LWHS Facilities Manager makes the final decision on reserving space at LWHS.
We only host events for nonprofit educational organizations or Ingleside-based community organizations.
We require a minimum advance notice of 15 working days.
We do not provide technical support or Internet access to organizations who use our space.
A damage deposit may also be included in the assessed fee as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Proof of liability coverage is required. If an organization is unable to provide proof of liability coverage, an indemnification agreement may be used as a substitute.
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Director of Student Inclusion, Leadership and Civic Engagement
A Spring Semester course about “giving” that prompts students to broadly define and consider “giving” and “philanthropy” through a multitude of perspectives and experiences. The course is focused on two essential questions:
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A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.