Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is a proud supporter of the 1300 Campaign, an initiative led by Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT), the Sierra Health Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The Campaign aims to send an additional 1300 young men of color (YMOC) to Sacramento State and UC Davis by 2025. At the board meeting on January 13, 2022, the board members considered and approved a resolution proclaiming their support of the Campaign’s 9-point policy plan, which aims to eliminate barriers for YMOC in attaining a college education.
The resolution adopted by the board consisted of the district’s leadership committing to pave the way for an Ethnic Studies course as a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2022-23, and bringing about cross-departmental collaboration in drafting a plan to increase college eligibility rates for students across the district, particularly among underrepresented subgroups of students.
The 1300 Campaign is working alongside SCUSD in their ongoing efforts to establish a steady pathway towards college attainment, such as improving high school readiness for middle school students transitioning to the 9th grade, working with the Los Rios Community College District to provide dual enrollment opportunities for high school students, and providing mental health support for struggling students which aims to ensure that students have an equal opportunity to graduate and attaining postsecondary education.