Lincoln High School Senior Wins 2014 SF Peacemaker Award
Sasha Rodriguez likes helping her fellow students. And as a Peer Mediator and Peer Counselor at Abraham Lincoln High School, she gets plenty of opportunity to do just that.
The Lincoln High School senior helps her fellow students by offering a safe venue and expert mediation skills to resolve conflict between students and with teachers. As one of only two student members of the Restorative Practices Leadership Team, she works with teachers and staff to introduce and promote Restorative Practices at her school. She has also taken a freshman under her wing, working one-on-one with her mentee in a support role, and she teaches other young people—at Lincoln High and city-wide—to know their rights with law enforcement.
"I like feeling like I am actually helping; it brings me satisfaction," she says. "I am helping make a difference by helping people make a difference in themselves."
It was this attitude that prompted five nominations from teachers and staff at Lincoln High School, and convinced the Peacemaker Awards committee to name Rodriguez as the 2014 recipient of the Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award. She was recognized by Community Boards, San Francisco’s non-profit conflict resolution center, during the fourth annual Peacemaker Awards luncheon on Friday, June 6.
"Sasha exemplifies the Gail Sadalla Award by making a significant contribution to peacemaking and community-building at Lincoln High School and among young people all over the City," says Community Boards Executive Director Darlene Weide. "We are thrilled to recognize her contribution to making San Francisco a more peaceful and better place to live."
Rodriguez was honored alongside two other winners of the 2014 SF Peacemaker Awards. Anayvette Martinez, founder of the School-Based Initiative at LYRIC, received the Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award, and Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement was presented with the Community Boards Leadership Peacemaker Award.
About Community Boards
The mission of Community Boards is to empower the communities and individuals of San Francisco with the strength, skills and resources needed to express and resolve conflicts peacefully and appropriately for their culture and environment. Mediation, training and facilitation services are offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese to all San Francisco residents. Community Boards serves over 2,000 residents, nonprofits and businesses a year with its pool of 300+ volunteer mediators. Since 1976, Community Boards has assisted 46,000 San Francisco residents and trained more than 16,000 community members to be skilled mediators. More information is available at www.CommunityBoards.org.