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America’s Next Leaders 2015

A New Mexico Woman Embraces Quality Education for All

  Victoria Gomez believes one of the best ways to lift families out of poverty is through access to quality education. Since 2013, she has been working with Organizers in the Land of Enchantment ( OLÉ), a grassroots organization in New Mexico. The 21-year-old has devoted time to helping with “Makerspace,” a physical area where […]

One Student Helps Create Educational Equity in East Los Angeles

  Eduardo Pacheco comes from a community in East Los Angeles that is plagued by poverty, violence and low college attendance. Despite these and other financial hardships, Eduardo is making a positive impact on the community’s youth and their future. A freshman at the University of California Santa Barbara, Eduardo has been working with InnerCity […]

A Student Fights for Youth and Families in the Rio Grande Valley

  Cameron Park is a border colonia near Brownsville, Texas, and like other colonias it lacks some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, sewer systems, electricity, paved roads and safe housing. This colonia is home to 8,000 residents who are among the poorest in the country, with a per capita income […]

Special Series: Chicago Woman Ensures Youth Voice Is Present

  Sarah Mozelle Johnson has lived in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago all her life and has been a leader with Communities United, a grassroots organization, for the past four years. At Communities United, which was formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Sarah has been involved in the fight for more systemic support […]

Special Series: Nurturing Leaders Fuels Immigrant’s Work in Tenn.

  For Jazmin Ramirez and her family, who are all undocumented immigrants, the ever-present fear of deportation looms in the back of their minds. But Jazmin, who came to the United States at the age of 7 to join her parents and brother, contributes daily to her community in Tennessee through grassroots advocacy, especially in […]

Special Series: An Oakland Youth Finds Focus in Leadership

  Since her freshman year in high school, Naudika Williams has served as a strong and charismatic student voice on campus. The 16-year-old Oakland resident is passionate about social justice – she moved from an affluent neighborhood and middle school to a community that has less resources and support for students. “The stark differences in […]

Special Series: A Muslim Teen in Chicago Builds Bridges

  For more than six years, Aminah Ali has been working alongside Rami Nashashibi at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, engaging youth in the community to foster change. “Aminah is an extraordinarily hardworking, diligent and effective young leader who takes her work seriously while always extending help and support to others,” says […]

Special Series: An Ariz. Youth Fights for Immigrants and Families

  In 2012, Marco Mares was only a freshman in high school and already involved in Adiós Arpaio, a voter-registration and get-out-the-vote campaign designed to remove Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office because of his anti-immigrant efforts. At Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix, Marco recruited fellow students and held meetings to discuss how […]