Action Team: Schools & Neighborhoods

Parents, Students, and community partners come together to make sure health happens in Richmond schools & neighborhoods by strengthening engagement, achievement, and communication.

The Schools & Neighborhoods Action Team, brought together by Healthy Richmond, began collaborating in 2014 to ensure that all of our students are healthy and in positive environments that help them thrive. The team’s focuses include supporting student and parent leadership, positive school culture and climate, student health/mental health, healthy eating and active living policies, positive academic outcomes for all students, and full-service community schools that have strong public/private collaboration. For the last 3 years, members have presented recommendations on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to the West Contra Costa County School Board, and have worked with them to preserve and expand resources for vulnerable students and families. This action team is a leading example of deep collaboration between parents, organizational, and systems partners.


  • Bay Area Community Resources
  • Building Blocks for Kids
  • California School Based Health Alliance
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • City of Richmond
  • East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
  • Education Trust West
  • GO Public Schools
  • The Latina Center
  • Learning Out Loud
  • Living Hope Neighborhood Church
  • Public Advocates
  • Public Counsel
  • RYSE Center
  • Safe Return Project
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • West Contra Costa Parents Council
  • YES Families


Le’Damien Flowers (2018 – Present)

Wendy Lopez (2018 – Present)

Active Campaigns

LCAP Parent Group – “You Are the Experts” Curriculum

The LCAP Parent Group formed around the intention of creating an educational tool for parents, by parents, to help families in WCCUSD understand what the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) really are, and how they can get involved. The team has spent the last year developing a detailed curriculum providing information on the LCFF and LCAP and how it impacts individual school sites, as well as workshop activities to help parents build the skills they need to interact with school site and district staff. The first phase of the project also included the production of a video featuring parent leaders, community members, and WCCUSD Superintendent Mathew Duffy raising a call to action for parents to “get involved!” The second phase of the project will see 10 schools sites in the district as hosts for community trainings with the goal of bringing important tools and connections to families so that they can be deeply involved with how district funding is spent for their children.

Several members of the LCAP Parent Group also lead a growing organization of parents in the district. You can check out the West Contra Costa Parents Council on Facebook!