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The Man who Lived Across the Train Station

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At the age of fifteen, I came to America with a picture of a country that was shaped by every single Hollywood movie I had watched with my mom back in Hong Kong. I fantasized about the huge houses that line the clean, spacious streets where people would ride their bicycles. But the first thing that astonished me was the streets filled with homeless people.

Homelessness Requires a Solution, Not a “Bandage”

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I love to see that my community is finally doing something to help the less fortunate, but there has to be something done that is more stable and fitting for everyone. I understand issues like these aren’t easy to fix overnight, but more than a decade has passed and it seems like my community is still in the same place.

Brandy Ix: Youth at the Table

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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.

No One Is Illegal: NAYELI VELOZ

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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: IVAN MANRIQUEZ

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Meet Ivan Manriquez, Calafia Fellow 2020! The depiction in the media that immigrants are aliens and come to invade is very personal to Ivan. Seeing Latinx families torn apart connects to him greatly because in Fresno there is still a dense population of undocumented immigrants, especially people he knows.

Peer Summit 2020: An organizers’ conversation on the importance of this youth-led event

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Hosted at Dominican University in San Rafael, Peer Summit 2020 brought hundreds of local middle schoolers from across Marin County together for a full day of presentations, performances and workshops. The event’s success demonstrated, once again, the value of having youth at the helm in event planning and implementation.