Student Leadership & Affinity Groups

  • Black Pride Organization (BPO) group photo Black Pride Organization (BPO)

    All Are Welcome & Every Voice Matters. The BPO mission is to address racial issues, stereotypes, and biases by  increasing visibility in leadership roles, supporting African American students in education, and giving them a space  for all to have a voice.

    Contact Jess Davis at jdavis@sspps.org for more information.

    Instagram icon Follow BPO on instagram at @ssp_bpo for events and updates.


  • Comunidad de Latinos Unidos (CDLU) group photo Comunidad de Latinos Unidos (CDLU)

    CDLU is a Student Affinity Group open to all students grades 6-12. In CDLU, we celebrate our many different cultures as we strive for high academic success through education, real world discussion, and participation in a collaboration of community events. Meetings are held in the Stock Exchange (Fish Bowl) every other Monday after school.

    CDLU es un grupo estudiantil de afinidad, y cada estudiante en grados 6 a 12 está invitado. La misión de CDLU es celebrar nuestras culturas distintas y lograr el éxito académico alto a través de la educación, conversaciones de temas actuales, y participación en una variedad de eventos comunitarios. Las reuniones son cada dos lunes en el Stock Exchange ("la Pecera").

    Contact Shannon Lippke at SLippke@sspps.org or Karol Quesada-Cerdas at KQuesadacerdas@sspps.org for more information.

    instagram icon Follow CDLU on instagram at @sspcdlu for events and updates.

  • Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA) group photo Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA)

    SAGA’s goal is to create a safe place for people to express their sexual and gender identities as they are and to increase awareness for the LGBT community and their struggles. Students in grades 6-12 can join SAGA, which meets weekly. Some meetings are educational, where kids prepare and present information on LGBTQ+ issues, and other meetings are just getting to know one another, doing crafts and playing games.

    Contact Elizabeth Zender at ezender@sspps.org or Allison Binder at abinder@sspps.org for more information.

    instagram icon Follow SAGA on instagram at @ssp_saga for events and updates.

  • Equity Alliance MN logo Youth Executive Board (YEB) - Equity Alliance, MN

    The Youth Executive Board (YEB) is a multi-district group of high school students who meet weekly to build bonds through team-building activities, learn how to use their power in positive ways to influence change, and work to fulfill their leadership and academic potential. Members learn about social and political advocacy, create yearlong service-learning projects to address the achievement gap, demonstrate positive leadership to other Equity Alliance MN afterschool program participants, and have FUN connecting with their peers across the Equity Alliance MN collaborative. ​

    Click here to learn more about the group.

  • pow wow  Native Youth Leadership Council - Equity Alliance, MN

    Native Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is a multi-district group of Native American high school students who meet three times monthly. NYLC exists to provide a collective voice and represent Native youth, create space for racial and cultural exploration, leadership development and build community.

    Click here to learn more about the group.