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A Latina Youth Encourages All to Vote

Violeta Sanchez, a first-generation Mexican-American, knows what it feels like to deal with discrimination. She comes from a family where half of its members are undocumented immigrants who have been unable to get jobs that match their skill levels. The reason: Their status. Dealing with this discrimination led her to fight for social justice – […]

Texas Youth Says Education Is Powerful

Twenty-one-year-old Karla Reyna, a first-generation American of Mexican parents, lives in Colonia Las Milpas, one of the many rural neighborhoods in South Texas that lack infrastructure and whose main inhabitants are immigrant families that fall within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development category of “very low income.” Karla, now a physical therapy student […]

Inspiration Is From Parents, Advocate Says

Iris Mercado and her family have been community organizers for as long as they have called Memphis, Tennessee home. The Mercado family migrated from Argentina to the United States in 2001 following the country’s financial crisis and established new roots in Memphis. Since then, her father has been an organizer with Worker’s Dignity, a member-led […]

Meet a Scholar of Peace, a Teen From Miss.

Anfernee Horton is doing everything he can to make communities stronger in Mississippi – and he gained his start in helping residents and neighborhoods as a youth organizer at the Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC) in Lexington. Now, a civil engineering student at Jackson State University, Anfernee helped NJFC for more than three years and […]

A Fla. Youth Works to Improve the World

As a leader involved in social justice campaigns in Florida, 22-year-old Rebecca Krueger puts her heart into everything she does. Rebecca, a studio arts student at Florida State University, has been involved in social justice campaigns since her first year in college. “I saw a flier on campus for [an event that Advocates for Immigrant […]

Special Series: A Black Teen Campaigns for Dignity

When faced with adversity, New Orleans teenager Rahsaan Ison took what ultimately could have been a negative life experience and transformed it into something that could be used for positive change. In January 2014, Rahsaan was a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), when he crossed railroad tracks and a parked […]

Special Series: A Youth Uses Creativity to Power Change

Curtis Hill believes in the power of voice. For the past few years, this teenager from Lexington, Mississippi has used his passion, intellect and leadership skills to work with other young people to refine and raise their voice so that communities can be better places. As a youth organizer with the Nollie Jenkins Family Center […]

Special Series: Dignity Drives Actions of Teen in Miss.

For more than three years, Randarious Cooper, a 17-year-old Lexington, Miss. native, has been working with Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC), which advances the “goal of empowering the citizens of the community by developing grassroots leaders.” Randarious is quickly becoming one such leader. He has led campaigns around the abolition of corporal punishment in schools. […]

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