Youth present Eastern Coachella Projects at planning conference

Youth representatives from the Eastern Coachella Valley participated in a panel at the annual conference of the American Planning Association. The conference, titled “Legitimate Voices: Youth Perspectives on the Meaning of Building Healthy Communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley,” gave an opportunity for California planners to hear authentic voices of youth working in the Eastern Coachella Valley. “Some planners didn’t […]

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What does it take to get young voters to the polls?

Historically a group with low election turnout numbers, about two-thirds of eligible voters aged 18-24 didn’t turn out for California’s 2012 general election — adding up to an absence of nearly two million votes. But community advocates are hopeful as the November elections approach; they’re gearing up for a new round of voter registration drives beginning on September 23rd, National Voter Registration Day. What are organizers up against? “I don’t […]

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Sisters and Brothers at the Capitol

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color embraced female participation when they converged hundreds of youth in Sacramento from August 4-7, 2014. Youth talked with legislators about issues like school funding, suspension and graduation rates, gender justice, health care for the undocumented and programs to bring up youth of color into leadership and activism. “You suspend a student: one, he’s gonna miss out on […]

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Changing the status quo

Systems change is a buzzword in nonprofit and advocacy fields.  Changing things on a systemic level – rather than just on an individual basis – is the end goal for these organizations.  A two-day workshop aimed to help organization leaders network with one another and strategize about key problems. “What we’re hoping that they get out of the Systems Change Workshop […]

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Students stage silent protest over funding concerns

Long Beach students and members of the grassroots organization Californians for Justice spoke first, then staged a “silent protest” during the district’s school board meeting.  They asked the school board to consider more high-need student involvement in allocating funds outlined in the Local Control Funding Formula.  Currently, only two of nine youth on the committee fall into that category. “We really […]

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Spending education money in the right places

The Local Control Funding Formula has brought students — about classroom size, materials, and facilities — to the fore of education politics.  They want to persuade decision-makers to spend the education budget in a way that addresses their concerns.  Oakland high school student Sierra Donnies ompares education to a baseball game.  “The schools with more funding sit in box seats, with a […]

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