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Pieces Of Me

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YLI is My Story

I had no idea that being born to a Mexican Mother and a Black father would make my experience in the valley one that would teach me a lot about myself, and how I would see the world. But it did. I remember being enrolled in elementary school, and how accepting and welcoming the other students were of my differences. They never made me feel weird or bad, they just simply accepted me for me. It wasn’t until middle school that I was met with issues about my race.

Reflecting On Black History Month Illustrations

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YLI is My Story

As you probably know, February is Black History Month, a month where famous and influential black members of society are recognized and celebrated. Back in January, Kody, our Program Manager with The kNOw, asked me if I would be interested in doing illustrations that celebrate famous and less well-known leaders in the African American community for Black History Month. I gladly accepted, and I’m glad I did.

Big Tobacco in the City

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YLI is My Story

Fighting for tobacco prevention for me is crucial because young kids of color deserve better than this, they don’t need any more direct targeting by big corporations, and most important they do not need tobacco or any tobacco-related products.

YLI Stands with Oakland Teachers

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YLI is My Story

Oakland teachers are the heart of our communities, and right now, they are fighting with all their hearts simply to do the job they love. YLI will be joining school teachers on the picket line. Join us! Or click here to learn how you can support our brave teachers and students as they push forward on their historic strike to save our public schools.

Yammilette G. Rodriguez Receives the 2019 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

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Campaign Victories

On February 11th it was announced that Central Valley Senior Director of Programs Yammilette  Rodriguez was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. These awards, “recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues” and provide a $250,000 investment in the work.

Walking our Paths: We’Ced Releases its 7th Youth-Led Publication

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Campaign Victories

On Saturday, the Merced Sun-Star delivered copies of Walking our Paths to communities across the county. This is We’Ced Youth Media’s 7th such publication, featuring the stories of young people, but with a very special twist. The entire publication was produced by the young people themselves.

King Made Me Feel Like I Had Power

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YLI is My Story

Martin Luther King Jr Day is an important holiday for me. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for everything he had to get equality for his people. King was so dedicated to his cause he marched for it,  delivered speeches for it, even got arrested for it, even died for it. When I was in elementary … Continued