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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Experiencing the IGNITE Young Women’s Leadership Conference

We’Ced Youth Media sent five youth reporters to attend the IGNITE Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference in San Francisco. Timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, the event focused on inspiring political activism and leadership in young women from underserved communities. “[The keynote speaker] encouraged us to find value in every position/persona we take on, because […]

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Richmond High’s Young Leaders program turns students into advocates

The Southeast Asian Young Leaders program started in 2003 as a way to address violence in Richmond. Over a decade later, the program has evolved into a multiracial club focused on leading, improving our communities, and sharing our cultures. “[From] the first meeting [the group] gave me hope that we could make a positive impact on the community. […]

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A media strategy to challenge stereotypes about youth of color

Fresno’s chapter of Boys and Men of Color works for the interests of young men of color in the realm of policy, but the group has also engages youth to lead and advocate for themselves.  Organized social media campaigns give young people a chance to challenge how they are represented in the mainstream media. Fresno’s BMOC launched a coordinated action to get their policy […]

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Youth author wins writing contest with ‘My faith in Fresno’

Twenty-two year-old Jeremy Miller is a community activist and is a member of Fresno Boys and Men of Color, among other community organizations. He stands against resignation to negative stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding his city. “Many members of the community have… devoted their lives to changing Fresno for the better. Those efforts are paying off.” Read the strides the city has made […]

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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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