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 Girls Tennis x Youth Tennis Advantage

    LWHS’s girls tennis program has partnered with Youth Tennis Advantage, “a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth in inner city communities through a comprehensive program of tennis and academic tutoring.” The student volunteers were able to share their tennis expertise with the program participants and  enjoyed themselves throughout the day.
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  • MLK Day of Service

    LWHS students partnered with the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) to support the local community and honor the legacy of Dr. King. At the start of the day, volunteers heard from Mr. John William Templeton, a curator of African-American history in the Bay Area, who shared the ways in which Dr. King’s life intersected with San Francisco. Afterwards, volunteers worked on various projects to enhance the green spaces in the surrounding area. After picking up trash, mulching, weeding, pruning, and sorting, volunteers gathered back at the AAACC for a celebratory BBQ!
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  • Pioneer Day

    LWHS students volunteered at the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center’s Pioneer Day. Volunteers provided general event support, facilitated activities with the kids, and some even took a ride on the mechanical bull! The event proved to be a fun event for the community with all proceeds going to support Pomeroy and their amazing programming for individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic and acquired brain injuries.
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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 3 news stories.

  • 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

Partner Organizations

List of 4 items.

  • Aim High

    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.
    View website  |  Contact: Director of Programs Matt Reno 
  • Bay Area Teaching Training Institute

    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.

    View Website | Contact: Bob Houghteling, Executive Director
  • Ocean Avenue Association

    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.

    View Website | Contact: Dan Weaver, Executive Director
  • Youth Art Exchange

    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.

    View website  |  ContactReed Davaz-McGowan, Executive Director

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


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.