The Student Advocacy Council is a unique opportunity for students in Golden Plains schools to lead positive school-wide change. The program was officially launched in the Fall semester of 2019 in San Joaquin Elementary and Tranquility High Schools.
Drawing on the yli model for youth leadership development, the groups at Golden Plains have spent the initial year of school honing leadership skills, team building, and learning about social justice advocacy.
This past year, the two chapters centered conversations around bettering the school’s climate. San Joaquin focused on facility safety and implementing a social norms campaign, which uses youth-led research to counteract misperceptions of underage alcohol use and normalize healthy activities. Tranquillity High School focused on student-teacher relationships.