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“Amanda, The Chicana Leader” by Nora Herrera
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We're making artistic billboards with spray paint, paper, messages, and wheatpaste. The billboards have messages about the #boyleheightsforyouth campaign. You can learn more at www.boyleheightsforyouth.com. #art #youthmatter #youthpower
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“Star, The Strong-Spirited Teenager” by Stephanie Medina
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Roses are red, violets are blue, support #SB607 to keep kids in school! bit.ly/SIGNSB607 #LoveTheYouth http://thndr.me/ntkT9k
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Its time to make youth a priority in Los Angeles!

Please join us for the "Taking Youth voices to City Hall Action". We will be bringing attention to the need to include youth in the City Budget process and decisions. Our main focus for the event will be breaking bread with the City council and Mayor. Food will be provided! Don't miss out on this opportunity to support your local youth! We will be meeting at city hall east at 4:30

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Lucy Herrera is feeling determined with Legacy La.

We need to start making Los Angeles Youth a Priority!! Come out to our action in front of City Hall East, located on Main Street between Temple and First Street.

Tuesday, May 23rd — "Taking Youth Voices to City Hall"

Show up at 4:00 p.m. Rally and Action 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

We need to start making Los Angeles Youth a Priority!! Come out to our action in front of City Hall East, located on Main Street between Temple and First Street.

Tuesday, May 23rd — "Taking Youth Voices to City Hall"

Show up at 4:00 p.m. Rally and Action 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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Shoutouts to Jalen Kennedy on such an amazing project on the #SchooltoPrisonPipeline and its impact on youth of color.

Congratulations and good look at Nationals!

#FundYouthFutures #YouthDevelopmentDepartmentNow #HealthyYouthHealthyCity #SchoolsNotPrison #PreventionNotSuppression

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BLACK BOYS ROCK!

["School to Prison Pipeline" ..."Is this the new system of Jim Crow?" by Jalen Kennedy

What started as a simple social studies project is now grabbing the atte...ntion of thousands of Facebook users. 12 year old Jalen, a Morehouse Magnet student caught the attention of judges at ULM's Regional competition, after dressing in a jail bird costume and standing by his project in hand cuffs.

"He's in the uniform to bring awareness as to what is going on, so hopefully a parent will see it and say, I need to pay attention to this, I don't want my child to end up on this pipeline. A child may see it that is already struggling in school, you know, they are already in the mist of dropping out or not paying attention, and they may see it and they may say, wow this is where I am going to end up?" says Jalen's mom and Morehouse School Board Member, Chastity Kennedy.

Jalen says he's trying to help raise awareness about racial patterns in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as a result of discipline by schools.

"Like when kids kind of act up in class, they send them straight to the office because they don't want to deal with it right then, so that's one of the reason's the school prison pipe line is working," says Jalen.} Read more here--> http://www.myarklamiss.com/…/local-school-project…/649583369

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"Healthy youth, Healthy City"

Jacky Vargas, a #LAUSD student at Bravo medical magnet high school, is a youth candidate for Mayor 2017!

On Feb. 8th, Jacky presented her platform highlighting a dire need for a Youth Development Department and investment in youth programming that lifts youth toward success rather than punish them through criminalization to hundreds of youth from #BoyleHeights, #EastLA, #HighlandPark and the surrounding areas.

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Other cities have youth development departments, why not LA?!

This is a serious problem - Mayor Eric Garcetti - what say you?! Let's talk! Meet with LA youth and hear from them directly on their long term vision for LA's youth.

Everyone is encouraged to follow and support the the youth mayor campaign at:
Facebook: Jacky4Mayor or JackyforMayor.com

Let's change the outlook for LA's youth for the better, together! #Jacky4Mayor #FundYouthFutures #equitymatters #economicopportunityforall #healthhappensinneighborhoods

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Jacky4Mayor

"Healthy youth, Healthy City"

Jacky Vargas, a #LAUSD student at Bravo medical magnet high school, is a youth candidate for Mayor 2017!

On Feb. 8th, Jacky presen...ted her platform highlighting a dire need for a Youth Development Department and investment in youth programming that lifts youth toward success rather than punish them through criminalization to hundreds of youth from #BoyleHeights, #EastLA, #HighlandPark and the surrounding areas.

Other cities have youth development departments, why not LA?!

This is a serious problem - Mayor Eric Garcetti - what say you?! Let's talk! Meet with LA youth and hear from them directly on their long term vision for LA's youth.

Everyone is encouraged to follow and support the the youth mayor campaign here: #Jacky4Mayor and at JackyforMayor.com

Let's change the outlook for LA's youth for the better, together! #equitymatters #economicopportunityforall #healthhappensinneighborhoods

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The photograph that I took highlights a youth advocate named Tanya. She volunteers at the East Los Angeles Women's Center and is also a senior in high school. I decided to choose this photo of her because I feel that it truly reflects her personality. She's quite bubbly and quirky and describes herself as outgoing and fun. I chose to document her for my project because of the work she does with the East Los Angeles Women's Center. The ELAWC's mission is to ensure that women, ...girls and their families live in a place of safety, health, and personal well-being, free from violence and abuse and also provide access to necessary social support and health services. Although the photo doesn't depict the work she does at the ELAWC, I feel as if it demonstrates her positivity and ambitions.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Andrea Manqueros.

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Star is a very sweet outgoing person, she is 15 years old and attends Mendez HS. Throughout her life, she has came across many obstacles, some which she has overcame and others she is still bravely fighting to overcome and has encountered malicious people who have came and left her life. Despite what she has gone through at such a young age, no one or anything has been able to change how kind hearted she is and her good intentions with everyone and everything. I admire her wi...llingness to see a bright side to every situation and her courage to take on any challenge she encounters. I decided to document her because I think it's important to understand there are many more teens like Star. No matter what, everyone deserves the same resources and support to succeed and better themselves. Her story deserves to be shared and celebrated. She has taken ownership of her future and has found the right path to reach her goals. Although there have been times in her life that haven't been much of a fairytale, it will definitely end like one with a happy ending. Here's to a story of struggle and obstacles, but most importantly a real story of some of the challenges teens face in our community. Her story can inspire others going through a similar situation to never give up because with the right mindset, people and support anything is possible. Her name is quite fitting, she is a bright star that can shine a light on others.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Stephanie Medina.

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Metztli Garcia is a photographer at Las Fotos Project. She is also an actress at Plaza De La Raza, where she takes acting classes. Being in different environments can affect someone in a way that makes them leaders.

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This is Lucy Herrera. She is head of the youth leadership department at Legacy L.A. For many, she is a friend and a sister. However, to her students she is a mentor that strongly resonates with them. As a former Legacy LA student, Lucy has seen firsthand the value of Legacy L.A's programs. Everyday she uplifts and helps her students, students that were once her. Everyday she contributes to the positive enhancement of her students, who are the leadership of tomorrow.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Carolina Duarte.

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Isabel Jaquez, also known as Izzy, is a 16 year old junior at Esteban Torres High School in East Los Angeles. She has been involved with Self Help Graphics & Art for a few years now. She has been a part of the summer sessions called Soy Artista and is currently taking Zine workshops. Izzy is actively involved in all different kinds of art including visual arts, acting, and music. She cares deeply about the current issue in our communities—gentrification. She is also involved in leadership activities at her school.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Textli Gallegos.

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Grace is a great representation of a young participant in the community and academia. As a current Roosevelt High School student taking an AP course in tenth grade can clarify the grand representation of a young role model she is in school. Grace has gained the opportunity to be a part of Roosevelt partnership I am College Track, in which only prestige and dedicated students can participate in this program. Being a youth in College Track for about a year now, Grace now partic...ipates in recruiting incoming freshman to engage in the opportunities she has gained through I am College Track. She wants other students to be as successful as those who are graduating this year and as herself in 2018. As GRACEful as her name, she is a young teen who wants to do what is best for everyone and stand up for every individual peer. She also participated in Las Fotos Project last semester. Not only does she excel in her academia, Grace is just a young girl who enjoys music, books, attending her church meetings, and as well photography. She is a great representation of a role model that young and older women, and even men can admire.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Maria Gonzalez.

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Her name is Frida Contreras. She is a 14 year old advocate for equality. She is involved in several youth campaigns such as Las Fotos Project, C5LA, Gay Straight Alliance, and the LGBTQ youth council. I took this image of her at the international women's day march. I chose this image because I feel it describes her entirely - a passionate, independent, and strong young woman.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Regina Zamarripa.

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Delmi is a senior at Mendez High School. She is currently in Drumline at school and she loves to play different instruments. She plays the flute, drums, and the violin. Her interest in the arts began at Casa 0101. Delmi was in the GRYD (Gang Reduction and Youth Development) program at Alma Family Services before she joined Casa 0101. She has participated in Casa 0101 performances since she was a freshman in high school. When she joined Casa 0101 she felt like it was a second ...home and she liked that every time she would go there, the theater group would encourage her to be fearless. Delmi had a difficult past with her mother. She would hang out with gangs and go to parties at a young age. Delmi would not listen to her mom, she also dealt with depression. As Delmi is getting older, she is realizing that she wants to live a positive life. Delmi now wants to graduate from high school and go to college, and she wants to make her mother proud.

Las Fotos Project Digital Promotoras have created compelling visual narratives about girls and women on the Eastside. These multimedia pieces tell stories of self-improvement, persistence, activism, community leadership, and wisdom.

Photo essay and interview by Anissa Murillo and Jerusalem Meza.

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