María Schindler

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.

Why Voting Matters

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YLI is My Story

Change is happening, whether you’re ready or not…Elections are coming up and everyone has the power to elect officials that represent their beliefs and needs. Voting gives people the power to control how their nation is run.

Love is Love: LOUGHLIN BROWNE

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YLI is My Story

Meet Loughlin Browne, Calafia Fellow 2020! “Society often forces a narrative on gay youth and having a queer parent,” says Loughlin. “At first I wanted to avoid being at the forefront of that stereotype, but now I unapologetically embrace it.”

No One Is Illegal: NAYELI VELOZ

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Campaign Victories

Meet Nayeli Veloz, Calafia Fellow 2020! “Fear is a way to quiet us,” she says. “We know if we speak up it could go bad for us. At the same time, it’s beautiful how the community surrounds those of us who have less opportunity. Discrimination closes down some doors, but my community opens up new ones.”

No One Is Illegal: ROSA GONZALEZ

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YLI is My Story

Meet Rosa Gonzalez, Calafia Fellow 2020! When Rosa Gonzalez speaks up, she is not just another voice caught in the wind…she has always found solace in making a change, but never sitting still. 

Turn Up the Volume: RACHEL LIVINAL

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YLI is My Story

Meet Rachel Livinal, Calafia Fellow 2020! “I believe many voices are underrepresented and should be uplifted,” says Rachel. Through her writing and podcasts, she brings awareness to issues surrounding social equality by bringing all sides of the story together.