Sacramento Youth Alliance working to shape youth programs

A youth-led group is advocating for a better future for Sacramento’s young people.  They’re challenging city leaders to create more opportunities. “It hurts when you know you can’t become a mechanic or a doctor.” Watch the video at AccessLocal.

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Advocating for Merced’s youth in D.C.

Claudia Gonzalez recently joined a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators and organizers working on social justice and equity issues. The five-day visit left her with the seeds of leadership and advocacy skills that she intends to nurture for life. “Some of the issues we advocated for included health access for undocumented people, immigration reform and youth investment. […]

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2015 Sisters and Brothers Conference youth profile: Sandra Muniz

The Free Our Dreams Conference saw hundreds of youth converge at the State Capitol in August of 2015, all committed to improving opportunities for California’s young people of color. Amidst references to previous campaigns, Sons and Brothers and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Sandra Muniz wanted to be a part of a specific campaign geared toward women. She participated in the workshop titled “Advanced strategy session for girls […]

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Student leader giving back to her community

A few years ago Karla Martinez didn’t think a young person like her could ever make a difference in her community. Karla, 16, began volunteering locally, joining the Environmental Youth Alliance and getting involved with a project assessing affordable housing in Coachella. “I want other youth to see me… as an inspiration to be active and change any injustices they have […]

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Youth kick off campaign to bring resources to Boyle Heights

Almost 200 Boyle Heights youth gathered to discuss how to meet the needs of young people today, one stage of the Boyle Heights for Youth Campaign. The project aims to inspire leadership in youth to involve themselves in the key decisions that affect them and their neighborhoods. “We need to empower youth. Youth require to be taken seriously….For that to happen, the […]

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