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Learn more about human trafficking 

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What are Culturally Responsive Practices? 

This one page document explains culturally responsive practices and shares the focus of the Culturally Responsive Practices Program. Read more about these practices and how we can make schools a place students want to be. 

What is Culture? 

This one page document explains many of the elements of culture. 

We are a group of inquisitive minds that make sense of the relationships that exist between people and the culture they share.

In doing so, we unlock opportunities for growth with inspiring strategies that engage students and create cultural meaning. 

Cultural Iceberg

Edward T. Hall uses the Cultural Iceberg Theory in his book, "Beyond Culture" to explain the different  aspects of cultures and the varying levels of depth and visibility. From visible to implicit manifestations of culture, learn all about how we build understanding of the world around us. 

Dimensions of Equity

Zaretta Hammond 2016
​It is important to distinguish between three key areas in education: multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive teaching. Too often, the terms are used interchangably when they are not. This is a simple chart to help you understand the distinctions between them. A key poin to remember, only CRT is focused on the cognitive development of under-served students while multicultural and social justice education, each have a supporting role in culturally responsive teaching. 

Connect to some of the San Diego community & local resources

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Centro Cultural de la Raza

The Centro's mission is to create, preserve, promote and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.
​San Diego's Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural exchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-disciplinary schedule of events. We welcome you to visit the Centro and invite you to participate in the exciting programs.

San Diego American Indian Health Center 

The mission of the Youth Center at The San Diego American Indian Health Center is to guide Native American youth and other community youth towards their full potential as healthy, well-rounded young adults through the use of cultural, traditional, and non-Western modes of healing. We envision a community of well-adjusted youth who have reached their full potential as healthy young adults. We encourage youth to stay physically and mentally active while exploring their creativity and Native American heritage in a positive, inclusive, and safe environment where they can develop a healthy cultural self-identity.

Hillcrest Youth Center 

In order to develop into successful and fully participating citizens, our youth need a safe, welcoming and affirming space where they can be themselves and access the resources they need. The Hillcrest Youth Center is the first drop-in and recreational center in San Diego County dedicated to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and HIV+ (LGBTQ+) youth.

HYC offers programming for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, ages 14-18, with special hours on Tuesdays for youth ages 10-13. 

Uptown Youth Services 

We improve lives.

Every day, San Diego Youth Services works to fight the tragedies of youth homelessness and youth in crisis across our county. We strive to end homelessness, prevent delinquency and school failure, break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and promote mental health and addiction recovery. Our work embraces all youth, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation. San Diego Youth Services is a safe zone for LGBTQ youth.

ABC Youth Foundation

We improve lives.
The Any Body Can Youth Foundation aims to provide an all-in-one after school program in a safe, inviting environment for youth in underserved areas of San Diego. Our unique concept includes both academic and athletic components. The ABC Youth Foundation is equipped with a learning center and a gym where youth can take advantage of academic resources and boxing lessons. In addition to our year-round academic and athletic programs, we also offer our Bridging the Gap enrichment program during the summer break. 

ABC Youth Foundation


transcenDANCE is a nationally-recognized creative youth development organization that works with teens in underserved San Diego communities. Our programs change the trajectory of students’​ lives by building resilience, confidence, and creativity and by instilling life-changing skills such as leadership, collaboration, and community engagement.

Get involved, take action, and make a difference in your school!

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Youth Advocacy Toolkit

An Advocacy Toolkit: The Education We Want
This advocacy toolkit, produced in partnership with A World at School and the Youth Advocacy Group of the Global Education First Initiative, has been developed for young people, by young people.
Packed full of ideas, tools and inspiring stories, the resource helps children and youth to effectively advocate for their right to an education.

With 65 million girls out of school and a global funding gap of $26 billion for basic education, there is a lot of work to be done.

The Power of Advocacy

In 2000, the leaders of the world promised to get all children in the world into school by 2015. But today, 58 million children are still missing out on the opportunity to go to school. All around the world young people have got together to demand that world leaders deliver on their promise of universal education.

To help make change happen through the power of advocacy, Plan worked with young people and partner organisations to develop an advocacy toolkit which provided everything youth need to join the millions of young leaders around the world to advocate for change.