In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Emily N (‘23) started San Francisco Ignite Leadership in Youth (SFILY) where she planned a virtual summer program for middle school students to build community, reconnect with their peers, and have a safe space to learn and talk about what was happening in the world. The success of the summer program with over 50 students enrolled led to an expansion of the team and over $11,200 in grants from various nonprofits.
In response to the Covid-19 lockdown, Elsa B ('23) started running virtual maker workshops in the summer of 2020. Initially, she hoped to share her passion for building and help elementary students feel less isolated, yet through her work, she realized that many students lacked access to hands-on educational opportunities.
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 days of service during the year where the entire freshman class begins to enact the mindsets and attitudes cultivated in the workshop conversations.
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.
Juniors complete their Public Purpose Program requirement by enrolling in an academic class with a service learning component, designing a relevant independent study, working as an intern with a local nonprofit organization, or developing curriculum for the 9th grade workshop series.
Seniors may choose to deepen the inquiry they began during their junior year by interning with the same organization, continuing to design curriculum, 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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Creating Change Conference
January 12-16 | New Orleans, LA
The Creating Change Conference is sponsored and organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force.The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for many thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality. The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build the LGBTQ movement’s political power from the ground up to secure our overarching goal of full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States. Visit website
People of Color in Independent Schools of Northern California
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
November 29 - December 4 | Virtual Conference
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
The Privilege Institute
March 9-12 | Charlotte, NC
The WPC provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience. For the past 20 years the WPC has examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world. WPC is a conference 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.
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 over 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.
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 Center for 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.
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.