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Avery Cordero: Youth at the Table

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YLI is My Story

“Perspectives” is one of my favorite words. As life goes on, we don’t have the same standards, conversations, jobs. Things change every single day. With those changes, we need different plans, and we won’t have good plans unless we include different people with different experiences.

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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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.