To provide young SFUSD student leaders with an opportunity to hone their skills as communicators and community workers, students throughout the SFUSD high schools were invited to attend an all-day leadership conference at the Fort Mason Center on March 16th.
The event, called Youth Summit, is an annual event hosted by SFUSD’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) that is reserved exclusively for members of Galileo’s student government. There, attendees listen to speeches made by various keynote speakers, as well as transitioning between distinct workshops designed specifically to emphasize a specific aspect of leadership. In between, the students and chaperones were treated with breakfast, lunch, and entertainment.
This year, the keynote speaker was our school district’s superintendent, Dr. Vincent Matthews. He gave a presentation regarding student leadership, especially emphasizing on trust. He explained how he learned that what makes a leader great is the trust that develops between the leader and the followers.
The main activities students participated at Youth Summit were various workshops that were hosted by city-wide professionals. They included representatives from Outward Bound, SFPD, TED Talks, and the SF Public Defender’s Office. Valerie Le, the ASB Treasurer, participated in two workshops that day.She says, “I think Youth Summit is a really cool event that enables us to meet the SAC and learn about the Student Delegate position.”
On the other hand, Albert Lam, the Sophomore Class President, had a different opinion regarding Youth Summit, saying, “It had great intentions, but the execution needed help. I thought the workshops could’ve been more interactive, instead of lecture-like.”
Besides teaching various leadership qualities, Youth Summit served as an opportunity for the SAC to showcase themselves. Inzaley Moh, one of Galileo’s SAC representatives, says “The attendees got to witness, firsthand, the chemistry of the SAC and how the organization functioned as an unit.” SAC representatives shared their experiences from the school year as well as various projects that were conducted to better the San Francisco student community. Throughout the event, those who became interested in joining the SAC next year were given a form to fill out.
Lastly, Youth Summit was also where candidates running for the SFUSD Student Delegate were introduced. Every year, students throughout the school district vote for a peer to serve as Student Delegate, a student who attends the SF Board of Education meetings, serves as their voice, and votes on resolutions. As of now, current SFUSD students may cast a vote at tinyurl.com/studentvoice2018.