AES is committed to eliminating the barriers to learning and thriving for all California students by advocating for both systemic change and cultural shifts at the state, community, district and school levels. We directly engage policy makers, administrators, principals, teachers and young people to work with us to ensure that all schools in California have a climate and culture that nurtures and supports students in a positive, engaging learning environment.
We collaborate with young people to find the solutions to the challenges they face in school, and support and train them as advocates and leaders. We also ensure adults in power create the space to listen to, and work with young people by allowing them to define their own barriers, and their own needs.
Our working partnership and close friendship spans three decades, and serves as continuing proof that differences in race, age, and life circumstances are no match for mutual trust, common values, and a shared passionate concern for the well-being of all our young people.