Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective action across an array of issues.The Marguerite Casey Foundation supports and promotes America’s Next Leaders in order to recognize their resolve and courage and to help them build a network that will foster their individual and collective work moving forward.
Equal Voice News is an online newspaper published by the Marguerite Casey Foundation that covers the intersection of policy and poverty, with a focus on the lives of families living at that intersection.
The Arizona Equal Voice Network, which includes the Arizona Community Action Association, nominated Ernesto Bracamontes, who is featured here, for the award. Here is a summary of his community contributions:
Ernesto Bracamontes works with the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. He is also the founder of Safe Schools Now, a campaign to increase school funding and resources so that schools would be able to provide conflict resolution, diversity awareness and leadership programs.
In 2013, after holding a series of community roundtables and a massive voter outreach program, members of Safe Schools Now were able to secure funding for school safety. Safe Schools Now members have trained hundreds of students in board governance and school district funding.
They also have advocated statewide to increase school safety programs and raise school revenue by eliminating corporate tax breaks.