Rochester School Commissioner-Elect
Isaiah is an 18-year-old freshman at St. John Fisher University, pursuing a degree in political science. Over the last four years, Isaiah has been an active advocate for improved mental health services, policies addressing violence, and increased youth representation in decision-making. He is the founder of the organization "We Got This", which aims to prevent gun violence, and has authored a curriculum on "Mental Health Literacy" that will be introduced in RCSD in the coming years. Isaiah serves on the board of directors of Families Together NYS, the student advisory committee for the New York State board of regents, and his college's student government. As the youngest candidate, he is currently running a groundbreaking campaign for the Rochester City School Board.
Isaiah's activism and leadership reflect his commitment to serving his community and advocating for change. He brings a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the issues facing young people in his community. His priorities include improving mental health services and combatting violence, while ensuring that young voices are included in the decision-making process. If elected to the school board, Isaiah would be a trailblazer and a strong voice for the students of Rochester.
Uniquely positioned to take in the wisdom of older generations and draw on their experience living through a global youth mental health pandemic, Youth Voices must be heard in the conversation of how best to support youth mental health. Isaiah Santiago, a 19-year-old youth advocate recently elected to the Rochester City School Board, will facilitate a diverse panel of youth (high school age to 25) who will share their views on what it will take to support youth mental wellness in their communities.