The Center for Civic Engagement

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

Civic Engagement

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  • Community Partner Spotlight: Florence Fang Community Farm

    LWHS students and teachers have been fortunate to collaborate with this amazing organization due in part to the connection provided by Faheem Carter, one of the farm’s founders, who is also a member of the school's facilities team.  This year, students in the Brain and Behavior course, the Private Skills for Public Purpose course, and general volunteers have had the chance to work on multiple projects for the farm.
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  • San Francisco Ignite Leadership in Youth (SFILY)

    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.
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  • HelloMaker

    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.
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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

    February 17-21 | San Francisco, CA
    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 30 - December 3  | San Antonio, TX
    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

    April 12-15 | Mesa, Arizona
    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.
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Partner Organizations

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  • Aim High

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  • District 7 Youth Council

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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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  • Tax-Aid

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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

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Christine Godinez

    Christine Godinez 

    Director of The Center for Civic Engagement
  • Photo of Kenzo Velasquez

    Kenzo "Yanni" Velasquez 15

    The Center for Civic Engagement Senior Associate
  • Photo of Ravi Lau

    Ravi Lau 92

    Director of Public Purpose Program


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.