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Youth Democracy

People marching during the Oakland teacher strike. | Image from "City Rising: Youth & Democracy"
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Youth climate activists participate in Youth Climate Strike LA outside City Hall on March 25, 2022. Students protested at youth climate strikes across the country, calling for government action on climate change.
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Earth Focus

Overwhelmed by Climate Change? Try Re-Framing Your Impact

When it comes to taking action on climate change, perception matters. We often see the problem is large and insurmountable, but the field of climate action can be as small as our own bodies. And small steps, coming from a place of joy, can be more powerful than we think.
Two students volunteering at a booth speak to two individuals looking at pamphlets that read "Schools Not Prisons."
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Students Fight for Holistic Mental Health Support in California High Schools

During the pandemic, Black and Latino youth noticed an increase in mental health issues among their peers. Members of the ACLU's SoCal youth branch took action, advocating for holistic mental health solutions in schools.
5 men sit at a table in front of a laptop
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How a Coalition Creates Paths to Healing for Young Men of Color

The Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) coalition fosters life-affirming spaces for boys and men of color, where justice is rooted in transforming oppressive systems but also in building a trusting and loving community.
COP26 Coalition Protestors Take Part In The Global Day of Action for Climate Justice
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After a 'Disappointing' UN Climate Summit, California Youth Activists are Back to Work

Youth climate activists have criticized the COP26 pact for being "vague" and failing to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. For one activist, the disappointment with negotiations at the global level inspired him to focus his work more locally in Southern California.
Freeways crisscross and a lot of concrete infrastructure as seen overhead
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City Rising

Meet the People Featured in 'City Rising: Youth and Democracy'

"City Rising: Youth & Democracy" follows the stories of youth leaders, allies and organizations as they challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement. Learn more about the people and organizations featured in this season.
Chiqui Diaz at work advocating to end social isolation | Courtesy of Chiqui Diaz
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City Rising

Youth Leaders Making a Difference Honored by The California Endowment

The Youth Awards was created in 2018 to recognize the impact youth voices have in creating change throughout California. Learn more about the positive work they're accomplishing throughout the state.
Protesters confront police outside the 3rd Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after the George Floyd killing | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
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City Rising

In California, A History of Young, Powerful Voices in Journalism Emerge

In the Golden State, the youth have a long history of storytelling that uncovers little-heard narratives.
Demonstrators gather in front of the United States Supreme Court, where the Court is hearing arguments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA. | Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
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City Rising

How Youth Activism Has Shaped American Democracy

These activists are part of a long history in America, stretching back as far back as the 1830s (and likely beyond), of youth challenging and transforming our democracy. Here is a look at some of those movements.
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