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African American Achievement & Leadership

About African American Achievement & Leadership

SFUSD’s three goals of Student Achievement, Access & Equity and Accountability must be realized for our African American students and families.  We need to interrupt the systemic barriers that have resulted in lower student performance, higher rates of suspension and racial isolation for our African American students.

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative will:

  • Analyze existing policies and programs in order to enhance and target effective services and interventions for African American students
  • Enlist parents, educators and community partners in monitoring and improving the systems and strategies used to support students and school environments
  • Establish and report on annual goals for African American achievement
  • Collaborate with City agencies and the local philanthropic community to maximize resources and coordinate case management for African American students and families through My Brother and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) San Francisco 

African American Parent Advisory Council

The mission of the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) is to provide a forum to hear the ideas of the San Francisco Unified School District’s African American parent community, and respond to those ideas by educating and informing parents of district resources, policies, and programs. It is our goal to empower the lives of all African American children and families by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for a high quality educational experience for our children. The AAPAC works to develop resources that allow parents to more actively support the academic instruction their children receive and engage with educators and administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District. We aim to lift every parent voice and help less engaged parents find their voice through us. (AAPAC Website)

African American Internal Oversight Committee

The African American Internal Oversight Committee (AAIOC) convenes district leaders across departments to monitor school sites, department goals and workplans to ensure San Francisco Unified School District is implementing effective practices to advance African American Achievement. AAIOC analyzes existing policies and programs in order to enhance and target effective services, programs and interventions for African American students. Utilizing district leaders and subject-based experts, AAIOC ensures San Francisco Unified School district takes data-driven and strategic approaches in advancing their goals. 

African American Community Council

The Board of Education has charged SFUSD with the formation of an African American Community Council (AACC) which will, along with the African American Parent Advisory Council, inform annual priorities related to African American achievement and work with the Superintendent’s office to monitor existing programs, services, and interventions. Each year, the San Francisco Unified School District will work with the African American Community Council and African American Parent Advisory Council to deliver an “African American Student Report” to the Board of Education that shares prior year progress in serving African American students and makes recommendations for the following year. The African American Community Council will be composed of parents, educators, community leaders, and students in the San Francisco Unified School District. Please return to this website for updates about applying to serve on the African American Community Council.

African American Postsecondary Pathway
The African American Postsecondary Pathway (AAPP) is a collaborative made up of City and County departments, business, and philanthropic and community based organizations. This collaborative is committed to developing new services and strategies to prepare African American students in public schools to successfully enter the workforce and be a part of the City’s prosperity. Their cradle-to-career plan will provide targeted and coordinated support throughout each student’s educational journey, culminating in meaningful career opportunities. 

Mentoring for Success

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative partnered with Mentoring for Success in the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 academic year to expand mentoring opportunities for African American students. Mentoring for Success (MFS) is a school based mentoring program that provides students with highly qualified and effective mentors who engage students in asset building activities to build skills for school success, improved attendance, and high self-esteem. MFS proactively engages vulnerable students in a positive mentoring relationship at school. Currently, 41% of all mentees are African American, translating to 254 students currently receiving weekly mentoring.