Our Mission

Our Vision

The Department of Youth Advocacy seeks to create environments that promote the safety and affirmation of all students by fostering a culture of care and respect that extends throughout the entire school district, cultivating a platform for student voice that builds agency ensuring educational justice.
The Department of Youth Advocacy is committed to promoting safe and inclusive learning environments that reflect all students’ social, cultural, and identity-based experiences. We seek to build agency through culturally responsive practices that make learning relevant and meaningful for all.
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  1. 105,793
    Students
  2. 12,893
    Employees
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  4. 181
    Schools

  Make schools a place kids want to be                   

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.