Before the midterm elections in November, South Kern Sol reporters spoke with high school students from Delano to determine whether these teens are civically engaged, ranging from their voter registration status to their past participation in political demonstrations. “Registering to vote is the first step to fighting for change.” Read more at South Kern Sol.Read More Sol on the Street: Are the Youth Civically Engaged?
Youth from cities across California convened in Sacramento for an event, called Free Our Dreams, to push for state policies with positive impacts for youth. Young people learned about policy making, met legislators and voiced their concerns and priorities. “I wasn’t ready to go back home.” Read more at Access Local.Read More Youth Flock to Sacramento for Free Our Dreams event
Fresno youth are arguably the primary constituents served by the school board. But they don’t have a say in who represents their interests because they cannot vote until age 18. “The lack of youth representation can easily be solved if they have direct input.” Read more at The kNOw.Read More 16 and passionate: Local youth fight for their right to vote
At a town hall for young people in Sacramento, youth spoke with the city’s mayor, Darrel Steinberg, about what’s important to them. The mayor called youth an important resource for the city. “This event inspired me, to see so many young people who are engaged.” Watch more at AccessLocal.Read More Sacramento Youth Town Hall Speaks Directly To Mayor
A community-organized gathering to discuss Long Beach’s most pressing issues, the “People’s State of the City” brought together a diverse group of residents pushing city leaders to think about housing, discrimination and other matters important for the city to thrive. Youth reporters with VoiceWaves produced a video about the event, held in April, asking: How […]Read More Long Beach “People’s State of the City”
Sacramento youth are speaking out about how government and school officials can help young people succeed. They are leaders who recently aired their views at a student town hall meeting. “A lot of the time, student voices go unheard and we leave it up to the parents and the teachers and the educators to provide […]Read More Sacramento youth take charge at student town hall meeting
Disturbed by the lack of opportunities for Merced’s young people and feeling reluctance from the city to invest in its youth, David Macias planned to address the city council at a recent town hall. The members’ reaction, he says, was disappointing. “My opinion matters, as do those of my peers in Merced, who make up almost half […]Read More Message to Merced City Council: My vote matters
The 2010 Census Survey reported that 13.5 percent of Merced County’s youth are neither working nor in school, the highest percentage in the state. Increased civic engagement from youth could do something to combat this problem, because it makes young people stand out in a positive way – as visible and involved. “They have to realize that they spend money […]Read More From ignorance to involvement
Long Beach is home to the largest Cambodian community outside of Cambodia. Every year droves of Cambodian Americans celebrate the Khmer New Year and reflect on challenges facing the community. But local leaders say there’s a resistance to political engagement — registering to vote and participating in civic matters — that could have deep-rooted causes. “A lot of the turmoil […]Read More Why aren’t Cambodians engaged beyond Khmer New Year?
The idea of Civics Day in Oakland was to interest young people in government and give them tools to become effective citizens. Student groups introduced proposals for improving their city, from curbing gang violence to improving school nutrition and public transit. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan discussed and evaluated the proposals. “Each of the proposals had […]Read More A lesson in civics, students pitch city improvements to Mayor