For the first time in San Francisco, the national nonprofit Generation Citizen is hosting its biannual Civics Day, in which middle and high school students team up with college volunteers to present ideas for improving their communities.
Six San Francisco schools -- Lincoln High School, Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, Aptos Middle School, Bessie Carmichael Middle School, Gateway High School and KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy -- as well as ARISE High School in Oakland spent the past semester preparing for today's event.
The civics event is primarily focused on increasing youth engagement in different civic matters, and building a sense of civic advocacy among students, according to Danielle Love, Generation Citizen's Bay Area director.
"It's a celebration of their work, a time for them to share what they've done and get some feedback," Love said.
Student volunteers from City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley and University of San Francisco partnered with classes from the middle and high schools to focus on key issues in the community, including food waste, gentrification, gang violence, school nutrition and public transit.
Elected officials, corporate leaders and community members are scheduled to present awards in five categories as well as for overall excellence at the event, which takes place today from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Generation Citizen held its first Bay Area Civics Day at Oakland City Hall in December.