Demographics of Precinct 1
This data is from the school district and specifically only to the schools within the map below
77%
Students of Color
In Precinct 1 schools
22%
Students in boundaries of
Precinct 1 schools
Percent to the student body in district (excluding high schools)
83%
Low Income
In Precinct 1 schools
I envision a school district where every community member from the youth, parents, educators, employees, and partners know their role and have the support to create transformative change for the rising generations.
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Dare to Reimagine: A Vision for Transformative Change is a framework for building a just and equitable future from the ground up—created collectively by more than 400 local elected officials across the Local Progress network, movement allies, and community partners. Recognizing that our cities and municipalities are the epicenter of progressive evolution, this framework outlines the transformative change we aspire to and showcases the work of Local Progress members to move us towards this north star.

The framework is organized by five key pillars that reflect an integrated approach that is both big and national in scope while creating access for localities. The pillars focus on how we can:
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Prioritizing
Youth/Students
Parents
Educators
Employees
Community
Partners
becoming empowered wholehearted life long learners
As a youth/student that did all my schooling at the Salt Lake School District, I know the amazing opportunities that we do provide. However, I also know the opportunity gaps that currently exist that require institutional transformation and accountability.
becoming equal decision makers and leaders
As a community leader with my nonprofit Casa Quetzalcoatl, I engage with parents of our school district weekly. I recognize the potential our schools and district have if we only allow parents to lead. They must feel like schools belong to them and that they belong at the schools.
becoming proficient in transformative pedagogies
As an educator and founder of Machitia, I have become well versed in knowing and applying transformative frameworks like Disability Critical Race Theory, Biliteracy, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Radical Healing, Critical Pedagogy, Proficiency Based Learning, and Decolonizing Theory to just name a few. We should make sure educators are always well equipped to know and apply transformative pedagogies.
becoming comfortable in sharing their slice of genius
Every employee of the school district from the cafeteria worker, after school group leader, custodian, bus driver, secretary, counselor, and district office worker should easily feel and be able to share their ideas to improve the school district. As a district, we should make sure any institutionalized oppression is proactively addressed.
increasing their sense of belonging to schools
As a community leader I know that other community leaders in community councils, churches, sports teams, and local organizations should feel like the schools belong to them and that they belong in the schools. Everyone has a role in empowering the rising generations.
like city hall, colleges, universities, local business, and nonprofits
Civil society includes government and nongovernmental organizations. In alignment to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, we must partner with each other to reach our goals!

The Flow of Progression for a school district. The roles, responsibilities, and flow of progress in student outcomes
As a school board member I do not have power and it isn't my role to intervene with implementation, which includes on site decisions.

The community (families, partners, stakeholders) help us as the school board understand the vision and values. Then, the board interprets all that to create the SMART goals (where to go focused on student outcomes) and guardrails ("the superintendent will not..."). This guides the superintendent and business admin to create the plans (of how to get there). Once approved by the board, the implementation happens by the employees and educators that work directly with putting in place the inputs and outputs, in order to align things to the goals focused on student outcomes.

The Monitoring of the progress goes back through the same flow. The student outcomes are reported at each level in order to make adjustments.

YOUTH/STUDENTS
As a youth/student that did all my schooling at the Salt Lake School District, I know the amazing opportunities that we do provide. However, I also know the opportunity gaps that currently exist that require institutional transformation and accountability.
Endorsements from Youth & Alumni 🎓
Joél-Léhi has been one of the most amazing mentors I had the privilege of having! He was the first mentor I ever had. He was one of the most influential supporters who helped me attain a higher education. A role model from my same neighborhood who really showed me there was a way to attain a higher education despite the struggles I faced.
This is why I am endorsing Joél-Léhi for SLC school board because I know he can create change for our communities and support students seeking a way to higher education and support students and their families.
Krystal Bustamante
West High, Class of '17
Rose Park Resident
I am a current West High student and strong believer in the power of youth. I am proud to endorse Joél-Léhi Organista in his campaign to be SLCSD's Precinct 1 Board Member.
I was fortunate enough to meet Joél-Léhi while on a sub-committee for the 68th Annual United Nations Civil Society Conference. Joél-Léhi welcomed me to the UN sub-committee with respect as an equal, something I rarely find in professional settings being minor, and encouraged me to contribute in ways I wouldn't have had the courage to before. His strong beliefs in equality resonate in his character and have inspired me to act in my school and locale.
Precinct 1 needs someone who understands the community's dynamic and educational needs and is willing to advocate for students and educators alike; being a former West High student, avid activist, and inspirational educator, Joél-Léhi is the ideal candidate.
Vishal Jammulapati
Current West High Student, Class of '21
I am excited and proud to endorse Joél-Léhi Organista's campaign. In my time working with him on the Youth Planning Committee of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, I had the opportunity to get to know a passionate, knowledgeable, and inclusive leader. Joél-Léhi's experience and his education equip him to be an excellent advocate for students and all members of the community. He is one of the most proactive people I have ever met. I know that Joél-Léhi will bring all of his skill, knowledge, and effort to the work he does as the SLCSD's Precinct 1 School Board Member.
Tejita Agarwal
Current West High Student, Class of '20
I've known Joél-Léhi my whole time while at West High school. He mentored me and helped me obtain scholarships.
He is an outstanding leader and I think he would be great for the community.
Ashley Mercado
West High, Class of '18
Rose Park Resident
Prioritizing Youth/Students
in becoming empowered wholehearted life long learners
District-wide Youth/Student Council
We currently have a rotating youth/student that sits on the School Board. One youth voice is a good start, but having only one person is always a tokenizing thing.

We can create a District-wide Youth/Student Council that has diverse student leaders from the high schools to inform the youth that sits on the school board. We can additionally have that council inform departments and district leaders beyond the board.
Middle School to High School Transition
As a student that transitions from Northwest Middle School to West High School, I know the struggles, barriers, and needed focus to supporting this transition.

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is already seeking middle schools to partner with in order to improve this vital transition into high schools. We need a clear plan and partners to prepare students at Northwest to enroll in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs at West.
Students of Color
Since I was a student in the school district 10 years ago, the statistics of our student body continues to become more diverse. However, our "gifted" programs like Extended Learning Program (ELP) and IB are not representative to the diversity of the schools they serve.

We will create an equity plan for such programs so that they receive the proper support to attract, enroll, and retain students of color. We must close the opportunity gap!
PARENTS
As a community leader with my nonprofit Casa Quetzalcoatl, I engage with parents of our school district weekly. I recognize the potential our schools and district have if we only allow parents to lead. They must feel like schools belong to them and that they belong at the schools.
Prioritizing Parents
in becoming equal decision makers and leaders
Family and School Collaboration
Our school districts Family and School Collaboration team is less than 10 individuals. They are tasked with something very important and need the continue support and resources to apply the best practices of parent/family engagement and empowerment.
Belonging Initiative
We need to partner! University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) is organizing a state-wide initiative using research based methods and theoretical frameworks to make sure parents and the community both know schools belong to them and they belong in schools.
EDUCATORS
As an educator and founder of Machitia, I have become well versed in knowing and applying transformative frameworks like Disability Critical Race Theory, Biliteracy, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Radical Healing, Critical Pedagogy, Proficiency Based Learning, and Decolonizing Theory to just name a few. We should make sure educators are always well equipped to know and apply transformative pedagogies.
Endorsements from Educators ✏️
Jeremy Reynoso
Kindergarten Teacher in Salt Lake School District
Former Student of Joél-Léhi's University Course
Joél-Léhi is an educator, an active member of the community and a motivated citizen with the right skills to make just decisions. His teachings are not something meant to be believed; they are something you are meant to do - you put them into practice. His leadership holds to a vision of a better future for all.
Tillie Uribe
Educator at Escalante Elementary
National PAEMST Awardee 2010
Teacher Uribe was Joél-Léhi's 1st Grade teacher at Washington Elementary. She knew him when he was still a recent immigrant when he knew little to no English.

"Mr. Organista has always supported equality for all students. He will do what's best for every child and family in his district, and in Salt Lake City School District."
Franz Villate
High School Teacher in Salt Lake School District
Former Student
of Joél-Léhi's University Course
Joél-Léhi represents the new wave of leadership that is needed to meet the changing needs of our district!
Yulliana Novoa
West High Teacher in Salt Lake School District
I endorse Joél-Léhi because he cares about underrepresented communities.
EMPLOYEES
Every employee of the school district from the cafeteria worker, after school group leader, custodian, bus driver, secretary, counselor, and district office worker should easily feel and be able to share their ideas to improve the school district. As a district, we should make sure any institutionalized oppression is proactively addressed.
Endorsements from Employees 💪🏽
COMMUNITY
As a community leader, I know that other community leaders in community councils, churches, sports teams, and local organizations should feel like the schools belong to them and that they belong in the schools. Everyone has a role in empowering the rising generations.
Endorsements from Community Leaders 📢
Prioritizing Our Community
in increasing their sense of belonging
Community Councils
The four community councils in Precinct 1 are Westpointe, Rose Park, Jordan Meadows, and Fairpark. We need to make sure they are informed and involved in school district issues.
Westside Coalition
The Westside Coalition brings together all the community councils on the westside of Salt Lake City. They are an important voice of leaders that care deeply about the westside.
Community Leaders
There are various community leaders that lead community sports groups, congregations, and organizations. It's important they are heavily involved in the issues of the school district.
PARTNERS
Civil society includes government and nongovernmental organizations. In alignment with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, we must partner with each other to reach our goals!
Creating & Maintaining Partners
like city hall, colleges, universities, local business, and nonprofits
Salt Lake City
It is important we build a strong relationship with the new mayor of SLC and with the City Council. Mayor Erin Mendenhall mentioned in her campaign that she wanted to collaborate more with the school board. Some ideas included improving YouthCity.
University of Utah
The University of Utah (U) already has some great partnerships with the school district, especially with the school of education. We can partner with other departments like Ethnic Studies and offices like the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)
University Neighborhood Partners (UNP)
UNP also has great partnerships with the school district. We can partner with the Belonging Initiative, growing our own educators initiative, and youth empowerment initiatives. UNP is central to leveraging resources.
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
I'm grateful for the partnerships we have with SLCC. Our Career Technical Education (CTE) concurrent enrollment, our location at Innovations, and Horizonte partnership. We should be proactive to have new concurrent enrollment options.
Feel free to contact me
Joél-Léhi Organista
Candidate for SL School Board, District 1
E-mail: jlorganista.slc.schoolboard@gmail.com