Young African American & Latino Leaders

YAALL

DPS Civic Action Team

Mission

“Young African American Latinx Leaders is a student led organization that addresses the inequities present in DPS through actions that motivate and empower young our peers.”

YAALL is a district youth civic action team born out of the request from both the community and the district to have student voice at the table when seeking solutions to the current crisis in African-American and Latino and Indigenous administration, teachers, staff and students in Denver Public Schools. All current and future student members will be and shall remain African American, American Indian and Latino/Chicano as they are the students who suffer direct oppression in our educational system.

History
In the fall of 2016 Student Voice and Leadership formed a team of African American youth to address the systemic issues facing African American administrators, teachers and students. Two-months after the formulation of this group and substantial preliminary successes the group expanded to incorporate Latino, Chicano and American Indian youth.

Since its inception YAALL has had the following major accomplishments:

  • Facilitated a “Micro Aggressions in the Classroom” workshop at the DPS Equity Bootcamps and Ed Talks, 2017-2018
  • Contributed ongoing student voice and participation to 3 of the AATF (African-American Task Force) working groups
  • Facilitated two workshops in the 2017 Change The Narrative Summit at Manual High School
  • Attended the 2017 Allied Media conference in Detroit, Michigan
  • Keynote Speaker for the 2017 DPS Day and the DPS Foundation Gala
  • Led award winning Challenge 5280 projects in their schools
  • Emceeed the 2017 Challenge 5280 Annual Competition
  • Facilitated workshops at the DCIS Baker “Reclaiming Color” student-led summit, Spring 2017
  • Represented DPS at the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) Young Men’s Passage Annual Gathering, Asutin, TX, April 2017
  • Served as panelists at the 2k17 Teen Social Justice Summit, August 2017

African American, Latino, Chicano or American Indian students who are interested in applying for YAALL, complete the application by clicking here.