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Californians for Justice Education Fund, Inc.

aka CFJ   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.caljustice.org

Mission

Californians for Justice is a statewide organization working for racial justice by building the power of communities that have been pushed to the margins of the political process. We organize youth, immigrants, low-income people and communities of color in order to improve their social, economic and political conditions.

Ruling year info

1997

Interim Executive Director

Rosa De Leon

Interim Co-Executive Director

Laura Zavala

Main address

548 Market St, PMB 41203

San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 USA

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EIN

94-3256009

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School is a critical foundation for every young person's life. We need schools that engage every student and invest in their unique talents to put them on a path towards opportunity and success.
Unfortunately, too many of our schools fail to meet the needs of all students, especially youth of color. Students are valued partners – with proven solutions – who know what it takes to have healthy and just learning environments where they can thrive. Yet we too often forget to lift up the voices of young people to help shape the future of education in our communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Organizing and Advocacy

We aim to improve the systems and culture of schools by advancing local and state-level campaign policy and practice demands. Specific tactics include direct action, research, advocacy, youth organizing, leadership development, educating local and state level decision-makers, engaging strategic allies and decision-makers. We engage more than 3,000 youth, parents, and community members in our campaigns each year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

For over a decade, our year-round leadership development program has provided unique leadership development opportunities to low-income youth of color, immigrant, and LGBTQ youth, giving them the knowledge, confidence, analysis, and skills needed to organize their peers and to lead change in their schools and communities. Our program provides educational and skill-building workshops, two intensive training series, and many structured opportunities for youth to put their leadership skills into practice. Participants in our program have the opportunity to gradually build critical leadership skills and to use them in the real world by leading campaigns to improve their education. By building leadership skills and giving youth the opportunity to make real and positive changes in their schools, youth become more engaged in their education and have a more positive outlook on their lives.We train 250 students annually to be organizers in their schools and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Since 2014, Californians for Justice has been expanding our work to engage communities on the ground to shape the decisions that impact them, ultimately shifting the demographics of the electorate to reflect the young people of color who make up our state. In each of our four local regions - Oakland, San Jose, Fresno, and Long Beach, CFJ youth as well as parents and students from ally organizations engage in local school board elections, local measures, and statewide initiatives through activities like hosting candidates forums, which provide a unique space for students and their advocates to learn about their local candidates. Statewide, we’ve also joined efforts to bring more resources to our schools including work around the renewal of Proposition 30, and making changes to Proposition 13 (Make it Fair).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To have the schools we need, we must listen to our young people and empower them to lead. Californians for Justice ensures students have the tools and the support to grow as leaders in a movement of their own design. We work together to advocate for the schools that our communities need now and for a brighter future for California.
When students are a part of making decisions that shape the future of California's schools, students, schools and communities are set up for lasting success. Young people will be able to thrive and achieve no matter where they're from.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Californians for Justice Education Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jessica Gunderson

Partnership for Children & Youth

Maria Fernandez

Working Partnerships

Santos Alvarado

Student

Kim Boyer

Central Valley Afterschool Foundation

Nhu Anh Can

Shiloh Event Management

Diana Cruz

Student

Shydae Garcia

Student

Yazmin Noriega

Student

Meredith Fenton

Independent Consultant

Nailiah Williams

Student

Tajah Morrow

Student

Maria Soto

Terrace View Care Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes