YLI is My Story

I am a Leader: Fátima Ramirez

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YLI is My Story

As a journalist, I help others to see their stories – not just as something that happens to them – but as something that has value. The interaction itself can be so therapeutic – people feel so seen when they have a chance to tell their stories to someone who wants to listen, who is curious and asks questions.

On Gaming: An Interview with Isaac

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YLI is My Story

When I first started gaming as a kid, I just did it for fun, but as I got older it helped me in times of need. When I was stressed or when something was really bugging me I knew gaming was something I loved, and I knew it would cheer me up.

When I Advocate for Myself

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YLI is My Story

My family narrative is that work is supposed to be hard, we’re not supposed to enjoy it. I am so lucky to have a job that I love, especially when others don’t have the opportunity to do work they enjoy.

I am a Collage

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YLI is My Story

I am a collage of cultures and experiences. I reflect on the lives of my abuelos and the ancestors that came before with gratitude for the life I love now. 

The Heart of Our Work Should be Transformation

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YLI is My Story

For me, the goal is liberation – freedom from the system that is trying to destroy us native people and people of color. We need to figure out a way to work within the beast – not with the beast – to ensure that our young people have the resources they need to survive.

How Loans Shape our Lives: The Story of My City Series

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YLI is My Story

Student loans have been reaching an all-time high, but student loan debt isn’t the only financial problem weighing on people, especially in Merced, California. Here, Mercedians discuss how their experiences with loans shape their lives.