In today’s S. F. Chronicle, Melissa Daar Carvajal, who describes herself as a “community relations manager for a bunch of do-gooder dot-commers who wanted to help” during the last dot-com boom tells you what can be done.
I was trying to work out a deal for office space and a grant for the Mission activists – but they didn’t go for it. It simply was not enough to cover the community’s substantial losses.
And the Bigsteppers efforts to build a child care center and teach computer skills to the Latina businesswomen who were running the center were good – but didn’t accomplish any big changes in the Mission.
Now we are back there again – I’ve leaned toward the pragmatic side of social change. That’s why today I seek the tech companies’ “venture investment” for our public school students in San Francisco. It’s doable because it’s so hyper-local – and it will make an immediate difference for the Mission District kids.
You’d be surprised at some of the easy-to-fill needs we have to struggle to raise funds for – regular stuff that any good education requires: library books, librarians, computers, arts and music programs, exercise and professional education for our teachers. No matter what theory you have about education, there’s no controversy over giving kids this kind of well-rounded education. It’s pretty much the ABCs of schooling and develops the social and emotional skills linked with academic success. READ MORE.