Community Member and advocate, Conchita Pozar, publishes an OpEd demanding action on the Salton Sea in The Press-Enterprise.
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We work within coalitions and with elected officials to promote policy change that makes our communities more equitable and just for young people, especially young people of color. And it’s paying off with over 120 policy wins so far.
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Local youth conduct safety assessments of a highly trafficked area of Long Beach, with a focus on accessibility, maintenance and safety for youth that walk, bike or take the bus.
This 1 day service learning conference trains a strong cohort of Madera youth to lead action oriented mini projects within the City of Madera.
In August 2021, Merced youth successfully advocate for a policy to protect street vendors.
On May 1st, the Marin County Youth Commission held a virtual summit for 50 youths aged 14-20 from 22 different schools across Marin and 2 schools from the greater Bay Area.
On July 19, 2021, Merced’s We’Ced and Youth Revolutionary Front successfully advocated for a City resolution acknowledging violence against LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous and people of color and for funding to open a center.
For the first time, the Long Beach office established a summer program for local youth to learn about social justice issues in Long Beach.
In July, Merced youth hosted a COVID-19 clinic, giving 40 south Merced residents got their shots.
Betting On Our Future (BOOF) completes their storytelling campaign to raise awareness around problem gambling.
Youth leaders present data and make recommendations to Madera Unified School District to add mental health approved absences and follow up on campuses.
VoiceWaves publishes and begins to distribute its newest print publication, which collects stories published by our youth reporters throughout the pandemic.
YAPC hosts a youth town hall to share out about their newly published ‘zine along with findings from their community research project.
YAPC publishes a ‘zine to reach young people across San Francisco to encourage healthy alternatives to drinking on top of providing resources and statistics on youth alcohol consumption.
In June of 2021, Merced youth participated in a campaign that resulted in a City resolution to officially recognize June as Pride Month, and to have the LGBTQ+ flag flown on Main Street.
In June of 2019, Merced youth successfully campaigned for $5,000 – and another $8,500 in June 2021 – in youth sports vouchers to cover registration and equipment fees for low-income youth.
In June, Merced youth spoke with elected officials and successfully advocated to allocate dollars from general fund to pay for lighting.
Madera Youth Commission creates a community resource and activity book (in English and Spanish) to spread factual and positive messages in Madera.
Youth publish and distribute a COVID-19 collaborative booklet that includes youth narratives, resources guide, and access to local information regarding COVID-19.
We collaboratively decided to create a youth task force that would have direct access to decision makers as well as received multimedia workshops.
Youth Commissioners Colette Holcomb and Scarlett Goh share their experiences of designing, organizing and implementing the annual Peer Youth Summit in this letter to the editor, published in the Marin Independent Journal.
Youth urge City Council members to uplift the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force recommendations that were prioritized by the Oakland City Council.
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Hazel Ventura was published in The kNOw’s “New World” print publication, and then again in yli’s YALL publication “¡oye! ntsia nov! Our Youth Experience Vol. 1.”
In partnership and solidarity for a tobacco-free California, MYNT joined advocates throughout the entire state of California to inform and educate stakeholders on our tobacco control initiatives.
The Student Advocacy Council and Madera Youth Commission train Madera Community College staff and students to implement their own Student Advocacy Council.
yli youth, including MYNT Coalition Members, participate in a virtual conversation to address the emotional and mental wellness of young people amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
VoiceWaves partners with Compound, a local culture and arts center, to host monthly workshops where Youth Reporters share the skills they learn with members of the public.
Behind Our Masks, a statewide publication, centers on the issues affecting young adults in California.