SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — When a teacher at the June Jordan School for Equity asked for students to say what they were grateful for, 18-year-old JaMarc Allen Henderson said, “I’m grateful that everyone was kind and cooperative with each other.”
People who know Henderson weren’t surprised by his statement. Henderson is about to be honored with a San Francisco Peacemaker Award for his work in peer mediation.
Henderson’s counselor say the teen developed into a top scholar and now has straight A’s.
The popular student has volunteers to travel to Nicaragua twice, helping to build a rural school.
He says that learning about social justice and the history of the African-American culture at his school opened his eyes to what is possible for him.
Because of Henderson’s work on the Student Advisory Council, the San Francisco Unified School District will offer ethnic studies classes at every one of its high schools starting in the fall.
Henderson is staying in San Francisco for college, heading to San Francisco State where he plans on one day earning a PhD. “Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a scientist,” explained Henderson.
He says it’s the possibility of discovery that intgues him about science, as well as the potential to help others.