This session uplifts the perspective of students through testimonies, survey responses, and contest entries. ACLU in partnership with the CASC recently launched a contest to provide students with a platform to express their feelings about mental health services in school and the impact of the pandemic. Students were encouraged to submit essays, poetry, visual arts, songs, videos, and other forms of expression. In this session, students from the Youth Liberty Squad (ACLU) will share the perspective of fellow students across California and the reasons why school-based mental health is a civil right. The contest submissions will be shared with the State Superintendent and Governor to further advocate for school-based mental health.
Presenters include: Dr. Amir Whitaker is a Policy Attorney with the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) and Leia Eckstein represents high school counselors on the CASC Board and is a school counselor working in the San Francisco Unified School District.