Raising Leaders Legacy

Raising Leaders is the brainchild of Davita Scott. Years back, Ms. Scott was employed by Hayward Adult Education and was assigned to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Justice Academy. She embraced the value and importance of energizing young people in an academic and social engagement system. The students in Raising Leaders aren’t typical students. They have been in the criminal justice system, foster care and homeless shelters. Many are parents. All of them grew up in poverty and were unable to succeed in traditional school due to tough circumstances and behavioral issues.

Scott is a teacher on special assignment at Hayward Adult School. Nearly three years ago, she created Raising Leaders, a series of eight weekly workshops for students who attend Hayward Adult School, Brenkwitz Continuation School and Burke Academy for parenting students.

The workshops focus on employability skills, financial awareness, career exploration and educational opportunities. Guest speakers include civic leaders, including District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, judges, nurses, firefighters, California Highway Patrol officers (who teach their Start Smart young driver program), Comerica Bank executives, and others who share personal stories of overcoming challenges. Students receive five school credits, updated resumes and 16 hours of community service upon completion, along with the opportunity to interview for a paid internship.

“Raising Leaders teaches life skills while simultaneously preparing the next generation of workforce members in our community,” says Scott, a member of the Hayward Education Association. The District Attorney’s Office wholeheartedly support Raising Leaders and the work of Ms. Scott. The Office has created internships for students.

Raising Leaders have honored the District Attorney’s Office by adopting a street, as shown in the photo.

Posted on Apr 1, 2021