Swen Ervin is a Director, Civil Service & Paraeducator Staffing at San Francisco Unified School District,

“As people of color in this country, our stories have been, and continue to be, about striving and persisting in the face of ‘no’ and ‘not yet’. And yet, through the generations, we’ve still found ways to excel. Surge provides an opportunity to knock down the barriers for ourselves and for young people. We must create a future that says ‘yes’ and ‘right now’ for our youth – and we’re long overdue. And by continuing to bring like-minded people together, Surge helps us amplify our voices, the voices who came before and those yet to come. I want to be part of that. I want to see a future where all kids know that they already possess everything they need.”