The Center for Civic Engagement

There are some adventures that can only happen outside of the classroom.

Civic Engagement

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  • Land is Life: Filipino Community Center PPP

    "Founded in 2004, the Filipino Community Center is dedicated to providing a safe space where Filipino families can access services, receive support, and build community. We foster and develop community empowerment, grassroots leadership, advocacy, and organizing to address the immediate and long term issues of our communities locally, and in the Philippines."
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  • Service Through Music

    The Advanced Combo PPP  has been partnering with the  sixth grade band students at Charles Armstrong School for the past several years. The primary goal is a shared musical experience which could  inspire and motivate these young players and help our students develop skills in music leadership, and gain insights into their own learning process. 
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  • Computing 2 PPP x Cesar Chavez Elementary

    The Computing 2 students spent the week before the visit making lesson plans and creating a physical game to teach coding. On May 8, LWHS students practiced teaching computer science in Spanish (!), and everyone had a really great time. Cesar Chavez also gets to keep the games that were brought to share with the school's tech teacher, so they could repeat the activity.
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The Public Purpose Program

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  • A Guide to Service

    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.
  • 9th Grade

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  • 10th Grade

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  • 11th Grade

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  • 12th Grade

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Conference Opportunities

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  • Creating Change Conference

    January 15-19 | Dallas, TX
    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

    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

    December 4-7 | Seattle, WA
    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 1-4 | Mesa, AZ

    The White Privilege Conference, Understanding, Respecting, & Connecting, 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

Partner Organizations

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  • Aim High

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  • Bay Area Teaching Training Institute

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  • Excelsior Collaborative

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  • Ocean Avenue Association

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  • Youth Art Exchange

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For Nonprofit Organizations

If you are a nonprofit wanting to reserve space at LWHSThank 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.

The Center Team

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Philanthropy Initiative

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:
  • Why give? 
  • What does it mean to give responsibly?
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Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
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.