Why the ABC30’s Youth Council matters

ABC30, a primary news source for the greater Fresno area, recently selected a group of youth advocates to be a part of the station’s first ever Youth Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to help the news station build a stronger relationship with the community, especially youth, by integrating real stories from their lives and communities. “We’re often told our voices […]

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Reflections on Youth Advocacy Day 2015

A young advocate from Frenso recounts her recent trip with peers to Sacramento, where she visited historic sites, attended a workshop on self-transformation, and most importantly: talked to legislators.  “I learned about a proposed bill that requires that schools post an electronic rubric on their website, showing how much they spent and where they spent […]

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A coalition’s goal to find funds for Richmond Youth

In Richmond’s current city government,  no department is dedicated solely to supporting programs for youth and children. A group of Richmond-based youth and family organizations, called Invest in Youth Coalition, strategizes about how to better serve and encourage youth in the city.  One idea from the group, led by the nonprofit RYSE, is the formation of a youth council. […]

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Community activism through mapping

Young activists are adding computer technology to the list of ways to get your issue across to political leaders and the public.  Students at Roosevelt High School were challenged to use digital maps to demonstrate an environmental justice issue.  They presented visualizations comparing neighborhoods in Los Angeles, showing differences in proximity to environmental hazards, median income, murals versus […]

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Quadruple your bottom line: Invest in young people and social change

Invest in young people as activists on health issues and you may get a quadruple bottom line: a single investment that brings four times the impact.  Mid-City CAN, a community-based youth leadership organization, wants to harness the power of young people from various backgrounds, including Latinos, Southeast Asians and East Africans, to spread the word: trending healthy behaviors, […]

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