Randall Yee was a student participant in SLP '00, summer staff SLP '01, and has been a two-term member of the Board of Directors, currently Board Chair. He is a staff trial attorney for the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
How did your experience at the City School impact and shape your life?
I first became involved with The City School through its Summer Leadership Program. It was truly an eye- opening experience for me. It was really one of the first times I was able to engage with peers about pressing social justice issues affecting our communities and to learn how we, as youth, could make a positive social impact. After being exposed to the many social ills and injustices people from all different backgrounds and cultures face every day, I was hooked and wanted to be a part of the solution to these problems. I realized I couldn't just turn away and let the status quo continue.
What's your favorite memory of the City School?
My favorite memory of TCS was when I was a participant in the SLP and I got to meet youth from all over the greater Boston area. As a high school student, it was a great opportunity to get to know like-minded folks from diverse backgrounds.
How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the City School?
Ever since my first exposure to TCS, I have been passionate and committed to social justice. I ultimately decided that going the legal career route would help provide me with the tools and skills to make a positive social impact. I have worked both in the non-profit and public sectors trying to figure out how best to be an engaged citizen to help transform lives and communities. I've worked on behalf of children, youth and underserved populations to help improve their social and legal situations.
Additionally, I've also been involved politically by supporting and campaigning for candidates that I think would implement policies that would help alleviate systemic injustices. I've also supported other non-profit organizations in their work fighting for social justice and dealing with many progressive issues.
What are your long-term hopes and goals? Where do you see yourself in the future?
My long-term goals are still a work in progress. However, I would like to continue utilizing the legal skills I have developed to affect social change and to help develop creative solutions to systemic problems. I want to continue being an active citizen where I can positively affect social and public policies that can improve peoples' lives. I see myself as a life-long advocate of social justice.
Profile Created November 2012