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Students in the Young African American & Latinx Leaders program address systemic issues in DPS that perpetuate the school-to-prison-pipeline through action, policy reform, and peer development as Education Justice leaders

In addition to youth-led policy solutions and advocacy, YAALL representatives provide consultation to the Board of Education, the Office of the Superintendent, and city officials.

Microagressions in the Classroom:

Professional Development Training offered by YAALL

Microaggressions in the Classroom is a student-led YAALL training for DPS educators to unlearn certain actions and language that isolates students-of-color, and perpetuates the school-to-prison-pipeline. The training equips educators to become better allies in the classroom and school community by providing them with practical tools to create a more inclusive, equitable learning environment in order to better nurture and advocate for students-of-color.

Our History

The YAALL program was born out of a request by both the community and the district to include student voice at the table when seeking solutions to the systemic and cultural crisis that continues to disenfranchise and marginalize African American, Latino, and Indigenous students, educators, and administrators within DPS. This program exclusively serves students who identify as African American, American Indian, Latino/Chicano, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or otherwise identify as a person-of-color.

Peter Lubembela
Noel Community Arts School
Class of 2017

Aingkhu Ashemu
Denver School of the Arts
Class of 2017

Elijah Wright
Manual High School
Class of 2017

Jua Fletcher
South High School
Class of 2018

GET INVOLVED WITH YAALL

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Interested in getting involved with the YAALL program? Submit an application.

DPS STUDENT VOICE & LEADERSHIP

PROGRAMS

SBOE

The Student Board of Education is a district civic engagement leadership program that cultivates research and advocacy skills for sustainable youth-led policy solutions to social justice issues impacting their schools

YAALL

Young African American & Latinx Leaders address systemic issues in DPS that perpetuate the school-to-prison-pipeline through action, policy reform, and development as Education Justice leaders

Challenge 5280

Challenge 5280 is a bi-annual showcase led by SVL participants, where student leaders present policy solutions, facilitate educational workshops and generate a call to action for adult partners