The Center for Civic Engagement

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

Civic Engagement

List of 3 news stories.

  • LWHS x West Portal Public Library Bookclub for Boys

    LWHS students joined the West Portal Public Library Bookclub for Boys to lead a trivia game based on the book of the month and showed kids how to process 50million years old fossils!
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  • Calculus PPP x West Portal Elementary Maker Playground

    A group of about 30 students hosted another Maker Playground at West Portal Elementary this past Saturday, Feb. 9, featuring a core group of Calculus PPP students who have been planning this event since October.  Over 200 West Portal students attended with their families and friends to participate in LWHS-student led educational activities about the solar system, recycling, earth sciences and much more!
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  • The C.H.E.F. Club Feeds Downtown Streets Team

    LWHS' new C.H.E.F. (Charitable, Healthy, and Exceptional Food) works to provide healthy and nourishing food to those in need.  They do this by inciting the passion that many Lick-Wilmerding Students have to cook and channeling it towards feeding those who are don’t have access to a kitchen or a regular food supply. This year, the CHEF Club has partnered with Downtown Streets Team to provide food for their volunteers and staff.
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The Public Purpose Program

List of 5 items.

  • 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.
  • Freshman

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  • Sophomore

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  • Junior

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  • Senior

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Conference Opportunities

List of 4 news stories.

  • Creating Change Conference

    Wed, Jan 23–Sun, Jan 27 | Detroit, MI
    The Creating Change Conference is sponsored and organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Creating Change 2019 is the 31st anniversary of the conference. 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

    Wed, Nov 28–Sat, Dec 1 | Nashville, TN
    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

    Wed, Mar 20–Sat, Mar 23 | Cedar Rapids, IA

    The 20th Annual 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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  • 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 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.

The Center Team

List of 3 members.

  • Christine Godinez 

    Director of Student Inclusion, Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Alan Wesson Suárez 

    Public Purpose Program Director
  • Benjamin Cohn 

    The Center for Civic Engagement Associate


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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.