Following the killing of teenager Andy Lopez
by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in October 2013, NBOP recognized the need for young students of color to have a vehicle to develop themselves as leaders, to create alternative education that meets their needs, and to address the problems they are confronting in their lives.
The Latino Student Congress creates a monthly space for alternative education to take place at Sonoma State University,
primarily amongst High School students of color, while mentoring these same students on their respective campus’s to develop as leaders in between monthly meetings. We engage in workshops that foster a love for education and offers critical analysis on the systems that keep people marginalized, while developing campaigns around issues that directly affect the lives of the participants. This way, students can find practical applications to the critical thought process and become responsible for the outcomes.