María Schindler

Daphne Ramirez: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

I think youth should be able to vote on policies and laws that directly affect us. We can’t get the best results if we don’t include the input of every age group. Young people need to continue to speak out – to claim our right to freedom of speech to speak our minds.

Stephanie Gurtel: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

I believe that it’s really important to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and seek out the lessons you have to learn. And I think my generation is really equipped to do that. From what I see, we’re a lot more open minded, inclusive, and willing to fight to make sure we can be ourselves.

The Idea Labs: a youth-led project on addressing youth mental health

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YLI is My Story

It was remarkable to watch and experience young people working together. The 15 committee members, ranging from 15-25 years old, came from very different areas of the state, and from different experiences and backgrounds. They had never met before this meeting, and yet, they were instantaneously able to create rapport and a feeling of safety. 

Brandy Ix: Youth at the Table

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Campaign Victories

It’s an inspiration to me to see that youth are speaking up on what they feel passionate about. I think it’s important for youth to understand that their voices matter and that they need to stand up for their communities.

Nicole Cordova: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

In order for youth to sit “at the table,” they need support and encouragement. Both adults and youth need to learn how to listen to and respect one another’s words.

Michael Wiafe: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

Young people have a lot to say. And we’re not having as much influence in the policy world as we should. By putting policy people in conversation with young people, I felt like I might be able to bridge that divide. 

Yosef Aklilu: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

I wish other young people could have the feeling I had – like I can do the same thing that any adult can do in terms of decision-making, advocacy, and social justice. I’ve always been told by adults that I can have a say in what happens, that I can have an impact, but it’s never felt real.