Get Real LA
Get Real L.A is the first and only partnership between a government agency and a coalition of youth serving nonprofits to provide comprehensive programs and strategies to address intergroup tension and improve human relations in L.A. County schools.
In response to a growing wave of school violence due to racial, ethnic division or other forms of intolerance, the Get Real L.A. coalition hosted the innovative Zerohour: The Time is Now! conference on March 18, 2004 at Patriotic Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. The one-of-a-kind teacher/student conclave invited teams of youth and administrators from 26 Los Angeles Unified School District high schools to participate in an array of human relations and youth activism training. Workshops were conducted by youth themselves who have received training on a number of human relations topics from the "Get Real L.A." coalition organizations. These workshops included media advocacy and literacy, homophobia, hate crime and hate speech, sexism, self-identity, and how to combat bigotry and racism which was conducted by the Commission's Youth ACT members.
"The intent was to teach teachers, counselors and youth what resources are available to create or deepen human relations programs on our various campuses," says Roy Romer, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School Districts. "The students came out of the conference with greater human relations skills and the ability to implement human relations action plans and programs in their schools," adds Robin Toma, Executive Director of the L.A. County Human Relations Commission. "We hope to energize and empower these teens to network with other youth seeking to establish similar programs in other areas of the county," explained Toma.
Students who participated represented different segments of the school populations, including "traditional" and "non-traditional" leaders. In follow up to this conference, teachers and counselors will provide support to the students as they launch or continue human relations programs in their schools.