Transcript of 2020 Awardee Zachary Patterson Video

2020 Awardee Zachary Patterson Video


I was 16 years old when I was elected onto the San Diego Board of Education, and what motivated me was the idea of representing over 100,000 students and giving a voice to every single student regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, or other perceived differences.

And I worked to create Student Advisory Board, a diverse set of students in middle and high school that feel passionate about their education system. In order to advise the school district and the best way to represent all students.

We’ll be able to make a district that is more student-driven and really incorporates every value that we as students want to see.

Student Voice is so important because we are the primary stakeholders of education. My project has transformed the way my school district functions, and I’ve learned time and time again throughout my Jewish values, the idea of making decisions that benefit the most people.

I’m proud to say that my Judaism has helped me be the best activist that I can.