SEL Awardee

Athena Larios

Lighthouse Community Charter School
Oakland Unified School District
Oakland, CA
“Lighthouse Community Charter School will develop a curriculum focused on gun violence prevention involving the 7th grade. The program is interdisciplinary and allows youth to focus on an interest-powered issue while strengthening community relationships and gaining valuable real-world experience. This project supports our students by acknowledging and emotionally supporting students who live in an environment in which gun-violence is a fact of life. We recognize that we can't ignore the trauma that students bring to school. Rather than feeling like victims, students need to have ways to become informed, express their feelings and feel like they can use their voice for change.”
Tags: Charter School, Curriculum, ELs, Girls & Young Women of Color, Middle School, Racial, Gender and/or Social Justice, Student Leadership & Voice, Teacher, Trauma-Informed, Urban