Our Vision

Our Mission

The Department of Youth Advocacy will:
  • make campuses safer
  • nurture the campus community as a whole
  • engage the individual student
  • support school sites as they continue to make an investment in students' lives by forming positive working relationships with students

Students will: 
  • have multiple opportunities to make a positive connection on the campus and in their communities
  • publicly demonstrate voice & agency through action activities
  • know what resources are available to them
  • graduate with a report that demonstrates academics & agency; truly creating college and career ready students

The Department of Youth Advocacy will make school a place that students want to be by ensuring educations spaces are physically and emotionally safe, each student belongs and contributes to the campus community; and students engage in opportunities that shape their own education. 
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Our Team

  1. Sophia Arredondo-Program Manager
    Sophia coordinates the LGBTQIA+ Education & Advocacy Program as well as the Human Trafficking Program. She brings her years of experience as a community organizer, college lecturer, and advocate for youth rights.
  2. Candice Fee-Program Manager
    Candice manages the Culturally Responsive Practices, Ally Action, and Student Voice Programs. She joins Youth Advocacy with a range of classroom and administrative experience.
  3. Ebonee Weathers-Culturally Responsive Practices Resource Teacher
    Ebonee has been an elementary and middle school teacher in San Diego Unified School District for 12 years. She is a 3-time teacher of the year and brings her experience in curriculum development and graphic design to the youth advocacy team.
  4. Mick Rabin-Ally Action Resource Teacher
    Mick has been a 3rd grade teacher at Oak Park Elementary for 21 years and joins Youth Advocacy with extensive experience with LGBTQIA+ education and advocacy as well as bullying intervention programming.
  5. Ciria Brewer-Student Voice Resource Teacher
    Ciria joins the Youth Advocacy team, bringing her experience as an Education Specialist and Dean of Students. Her passion for youth advocacy and involvement shapes her work of creating space for meaningful student voice.
  6. Connie Greybull-Indian Education Program Coordinator
    Connie coordinates the District's Indian Education Program. She collaborates extensively with community organizations to support our American Indian and Alaska native students.