Edith Martinez

Edith was born and raised in the Central Valley, moving from Bakersfield to the small town of Kerman where she began her journey with youth advocacy. She spent most of her high school career as a participant of the Fresno County Friday Night Live Kerman chapter and other yli programs. She helped plan and execute the 1st Annual Kerman Teen Summit, aided The Responsible Neighborhood Act, and presented to Kerman City Council to support Measure B library fund, among other invaluable efforts. Her numerous experiences with yli programs helped fuel her passion for empowering youth leadership and engaging in positive social change for young people across Fresno County. These experiences include participation in: HOPE’s Youth Leadership Through Literacy Program (HYLTLP), and Youth Leadership Alumni Board (YLAB) and Henry T. Perea’s Young Legislators Program (YLP). 

Edith majored in Communication Studies, and plans to continue her studies. She returned to yli as an intern to raise awareness of the importance of the 2020 Census, provided support to the Rural FNL sites, and then supported as a Program Assistant for the Fresno Youth Commission. Edith is now continuing to give back to her community and uplift youth voice as the Program Coordinator for the Fresno Youth Commission.