Courtesy photoA pilot program takes habitually truant students from The City on a trip to see key civil-rights sights

SF District Attorney’s Office holding reception to honor ‘I Am The Change’ participants

The District Attorney's Office is hosting a reception today recognizing the donors and students who participated in a program intended to prevent truancy called I Am The Change, Assistant District Attorney Marisa Rodriguez said.

The program is intended to re-engage students who are chronically truant by taking them on a journey through the South to meet the foot soldiers of the civil-rights movement and study the challenges that civil-rights leaders faced in their fight for equal treatment, Rodriguez said.

The pilot program was a collaboration between the District Attorney's Office, the Bayview YMCA, Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment, Five Keys Charter School, Transitional Youth Program and the nationally recognized Sojourn to the Past, Rodriguez said.

The reception will include a guest appearance by Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, who helped pave the way for school desegregation in America. There will also be a screening of a documentary film made on the students' journey and their interaction with Brown Trickey and other civil-rights leaders.

The first phase of I Am The Change was completed in the spring and the District Attorney's Office hopes its success leads to further such activities, Rodriguez said.

The reception will be held at the Delancey Street Foundation Theater at 600 The Embarcadero from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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