From the classroom to the community, Chauntyll Allen has spent her lifetime building a school to success pipeline. Now, after decades of service to students in the schools and youth development in the community, Allen has launched her campaign for St. Paul Board of Education.
Born and raised in the Rondo community, Allen attended SPPS, is a proud graduate of Central High School, and studied African American studies and Psychology at Metro State University. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in various capacities as an advocate and organizer, including 10 years at Hennepin County in a high crisis facility for child protection, a community leader for Black Lives Matter, and an educational assistant and basketball coach in St. Paul Public Schools.
Her tireless dedication to students has made Allen an invaluable asset in our schools, earning the trust of youth, who look to her as a mentor, and the respect of superintendents and staff, who rely on her unique skills to address issues in schools where others were reluctant to work.
But her engagement with kids doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. She uses those relationships in her volunteer efforts, working with youth programs like the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood and Learning Dreams through the University of Minnesota. Understanding that issues like poverty and injustice extend far beyond the classroom, Allen has risen as a key leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, and is known for closing out events with the famous chant from Assata Shakur — “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It’s our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Allen’s priorities include:
- Creating safe environments for students where they can learn in trauma-free settings
- Expanding community full service schools that incorporate restorative practices
- Increasing employment opportunities for graduates by bringing trades back into the schools
- Enhancing culturally specific curriculum and schools
Follow the campaign with the hashtags #Chauntyll2019 #ChangeIsGonnaCome