SEL Awardee

Garland Bush

Islah Academy
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
“Building Bridges in South Los Angeles incorporates spoken word elements of theatre and media arts in a project that strengthens youth identity, empowers youth voices and fosters cross-cultural communication. The project is a long-term collaborative partnership between Islah Academy, the Jordan Downs Boys and Girls Club and Free Arts based on SEL principles that reaches a population reflective of the cultural and religious diversity of South Los Angeles. Participants work with experienced instructors to explore themes and content throughout the 30-week season in preparation for the culminating spoken word event which is open to the community.”
Tags: Community Engagement, Culturally Responsive Approaches, Curriculum, Elementary School, High School, Identity Development, Middle School, New Arrivals, Racial, Gender and/or Social Justice, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Trauma-Informed, Urban