California Statewide Youth Media Network

Youth organizers reflect on a year of leadership and growth

At one time, Yaritza Ally Garcia, a 17-year-old high school student in Long Beach, couldn’t speak in front of a crowd. In an interview with a fellow community organizer, Garcia … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The challenges of being a quiet leader

When Cindy Aispuro got to high school, it became clear that she had inherited her father’s shy nature. But as she gets to know herself and others more, she is … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

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, … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Youth Justice Center tapping youth resilience and turning it to power

Leaders at RYSE target youth at risk of being locked up or otherwise in the system, and offer them guidance and support to redirect their energies towards making positive change. … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Merced youth advocate during state capitol visit

A group of 13 Merced youth, ranging from ages 12 to 24, visited the State Capitol in a trip set up by the Merced Organizing Project. Their mission was to bring … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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