The student Ashoka Leadership Team meets weekly to direct changemaking initiatives that are schoolwide and action-oriented. TBS is one of 90 schools across the country recognized by the Ashoka Foundation for prioritizing empathy and changemaking as student outcomes. This year, the students are thinking of ways they can make an impact on homelessness in our community. The older team (made up of 16 5th-8th graders) have spent their time together learning to advocate for homeless communities struggling to get their trash picked up. They’re preparing to join TBS administrators, who, earlier this year, started their support of the Sea Breeze encampment (near the Berkeley marina down the road from us) with trash pick-ups and meal drop-offs. The students’ goal this year is to bring greater awareness to the issue of homelessness in Berkeley and to show the humanity of the people directly affected by it.

Team members met with with several advocates and city officials including District 2 Councilmember Cheryl Davila (pictured above) to learn how they can partner with her to support the Sea Breeze encampment.

Our Ashoka Jr. team (made up of 17 K-2nd graders and facilitated by 3 middle schoolers) has launched a can and bottle drive to fundraise for the folks living at the Sea Breeze encampment as well as for the People’s Breakfast Oakland. After some Ashoka Jr. members visited the local recycling center with their class, they noticed that recycled items yield money and got the idea to bring in cans and bottles to raise money.

Thank you for supporting Ashoka’s efforts to improve the lives of those living in homelessness!