Multimedia for Youth

Projects by Bradley’s Multimedia for Youth Students

Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change

When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage…is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.
– Cesar Chavez

The Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change is an alternative high school made possible by the collaboration between the Santa Cruz chapter of Barrios Unidos and the County Office of Education. Its purpose is to educate, train and develop youth leaders. The school targets youth that can take advantage of a broad-based educational approach that combines a core academic curriculum and a leadership development program. The Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change is committed to the principle of empowering youth to become positive, successful young adults.

The Goals for the Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change include:

  • Preparing youth with skills that can put them on a personal path of leadership development.
  • Providing instruction using standard core and enriched curriculum based on high academic expectations.
  • California High School Exit Exam Preparation.
  • Fostering the development of positive self-awareness and self-esteem among students through culturally relevant enriching activities.
  • Providing vocational counseling.
  • Involving students in counseling and self-improvement programs to raise protective factors and reduce “at-risk” factors.
  • Developing youth leaders among participating students.
  • Helping transition students back into comprehensive schools and experience higher education opportunities in local colleges and universities.
  • Developing parent participation and leadership.

Community Involvement:

Partnerships with local agencies, Cabrillo College and UCSC allow students to become familiar with local services. This experience helps students gain the social skills, knowledge and awareness of local issues needed to provide community service.

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Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change, 2005

Vista Community School

Vista Transition Program is a partnership between the Alternative Education Department, Students in Transition (SIT) and Youth Services to provide an afternoon alternative to students that have not been successful in more traditional environments. The goal is to reconnect out-of-school youth and youth transitioning to adulthood to an educational program with an emphasis on career choices, character education, art and literacy.

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Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.