Multiple Departments work together to address our goals of decreasing chronic absenteeism and increasing student graduation and long term success including Student Support Services and Youth Development. Below are the Youth Development Programs that partner with the Attendance Team to create a collaboration between students and adults. This partnership is unique to SCUSD and has made our Be HERE campaign one of the only youth led initiatives to address the negative impacts of chronic absenteeism on students and our community.


Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academy

Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academy (MWLA) is a part of Sacramento City Unified School District’s (SCUSD) collective conscious effort to intentionally combat the school-to-prison-pipeline for under served low-income Boys and Girls of Color (BGOC).

The focus of MWLA is to create and foster supportive learning environments. Through a framework of Social Justice Youth Development and with an active collaboration of district administration, school counselors, certificated teachers, and youth voice, MWLA empowers students through wrap-around services that promote:

  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Culturally responsive leadership development – Access to Mentors
  • A-G approved course curriculum
  • Community Partnerships
  • Nationally recognized universities
  • Diverse groups of professional women and men
  • Civic engagement and Social Justice – Development of Girl Inspired and Boys and Men of Color Summit


Youth Engagement Team (Source Media)

Source Media is a youth program specializing in digital media and marketing. Our goal is to lower the rate of Chronic Absenteeism of students in the age group 13-18 years old, by helping tell students stories and educating the community. By helping to tell these stories we can then help students create and accomplish their pathway to success.