YLI is My Story

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: 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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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.

No One Is Illegal: ELINA AYON

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Meet Elina Ayon, Calafia Fellow 2020! Elina feels that if people saw their true intentions, then people wouldn’t see Mexicans as dangerous and that they take what is “ours.” She sees herself changing this problem by participating in more movements to show Mexicans’ true intentions and values. 

Black Lives Matter: CHANTERA WALTON

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Meet Chantera Walton, Calafia Fellow 2020! Chantera wants to highlight the stories of Black lives and authentic stories about Black people so that they remove negative biases, stereotypes and prejudice when you hear the word “Black.” “We are not looking for acceptance from anyone, we just demand justice and equity to create a better future,” she says.