Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.
Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance, which includes LAANE, nominated Brittany Rivas for the award. Here is a summary of her community contributions:
Brittany is an activist with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), which works on policy analysis and community outreach to build a new economy for everyone.
As a student organizer, she helped set up outreach meetings with coalition members and took a leadership role in an event to highlight sexual abuse in the hotel industry.
A survivor of sexual assault herself, Brittany is “personally driven to help heal and restore dignity in victims of sexual assault or any type of gendered violence,” LAANE said.
Rivas also helped to set up a worker panel at California State University – Long Beach to highlight challenges faced by women in the workplace.