Jennie Carey
  • Female
  • San Fernando, CA
  • United States

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Jennie Carey's Discussions


Started this discussion. Last reply by Quisha Brown Feb 9, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi Community Schools Coordinators Network!It's been a week of news (built up from so many years of injustice) that has left me without words. How is everyone doing? How are you talking about it?How…Continue

Action Research Grants/Funding?

Started Jan 28, 2015 0 Replies

Hello Network!10 years ago, as a teacher, I was fortunate to be part of an Action-Research Grant that engaged teachers in exploring their work with immigrant parents. It had a profound impact on me…Continue

Principal Evaluation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennie Carey Mar 27, 2014. 4 Replies

Dear Coordinators Network - My principal would like the community partners to do an evaluation of him, and I've been charged with creating that evaluation.Do you know any other districts or community…Continue

Conferences and Workshops

Started this discussion. Last reply by 0xf1bdgdrc9dg Nov 5, 2013. 8 Replies

Hello Coordinators! Some of my colleagues and I are interested in presenting workshops on community schools strategies and related topics at general education conferences; we'd like to foster a more…Continue


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Profile Information

Name of Community School
Social Justice Humanitas Academy
Name of Community School Initiative (if applicable)
Position (or Title) at Community School
Community School Coordinator
Description of Position
• Initiate, launch, and manage onsite partnerships and internships with 75+ nonprofits (e.g., College Summit, MEND, Youth Speak Collective, Youth Policy Institute, Pacoima Beautiful, EduCare Foundation, AmeriCorps VISTA, the Gang Reduction Youth Development Initiative, Heroes of Life, the Mayor’s Office, Neighborhood Councils, Total Family Support Clinic).
• Engage students, teachers, administrators, parents, community, government, and faith-based groups around building strategic solutions for such challenges as increased drug usage, building a college-going culture, ninth grade success, gang violence, healthy families and communities, and school reform.
• Mapped the Sylmar, San Fernando and Pacoima communities in order to align school, student, family, and community resources, assets, and needs.
• Designed, wrote, and implemented a pilot school reform model based on interdisciplinary teaching, restorative justice practices, college preparation, and community schools.
• Overhauled 9-12th grade advisory curriculum, using: Facing History and Ourselves, College Summit, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, The Boomerang Project, EduCare, and others.
• Launched and facilitated monthly resource coordinating councils, coalition meetings, student empowerment groups, peer mediation networks, and youth leadership opportunities.
• Presented at the Community Schools Coalition National Forum on “Infusing Community Schools Strategies in Ground Level School Reform” and “Youth-Led Collective Impact;” community schools panelist to the Los Angeles Central American Learning Exchange, Invest in Pasadena Unified School District Kids (IIPK) and other local organizations such as the Violence Prevention Coalition.
Number of Years in Position
Twitter (personal, school, initiative etc)
Why are you interested in joining this network?
To learn, network, support, and contribute to the community schools movement

Jennie Carey's Blog

More than resources, more than's about your Coordinator voice!

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 8:13pm 1 Comment

Our community school’s “stamp” system is genius. Red stamps, green stamps, a left stamp vs. a right stamp, a signature on the top, a signature on the bottom, parent signatures, teacher signatures. It all means something. It’s a fantastic parent-school communication tool. It covers everything from attendance to homework completion to GPA to how long a student has to stay after school and more. A six page document condenses into a tiny font front/back explanation that students go over with…


Gangs, Suicide, Shootings, Hunger: How Can We Ever Be Enough?

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:11am 0 Comments

It didn’t make sense to me until 2008. There was a shooting at a church in Kentucky. In a sermon months later, my minister challenged us to consider empathy in such a cruel moment, when someone was such a monster in a community.

Empathize with a shooter?

How about empathize with that feeling of not belonging, of not understanding, of not feeling safe, of feeling ostracized? While I couldn’t condone shooting because of any of these feelings, I could feel sadness for the person,…


Can Community School Coordinators Get Promotions?

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:43am 3 Comments

I spent hours on the phone with my coordinator colleague Lua last year. I spent hours listening to her tears, seen or unseen, listening to her fatigue, the only thing keeping her in the job being the love of her students and the cause of community schools itself.

In her words, “coordinators are dedicated to a job without much upward mobility or structured forms of recognition/advancement.” And for us, it’s true. Lua has been a coordinator for four years, I have for five. We both have…


Accountability: Do we really care about each other?

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:04pm 2 Comments

“I mean, let’s be real here. Do I really care about what you do? I see you, I know what field you work in—college access, youth development, environmental justice, mental health—but do I really care about you? Do we really care about each other? Do we even know each other?”

The honesty killed me, and I…


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