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Youth Voices

A digital literacy and civic engagement program that invites youth on an exploration of their neighborhood, where they investigate the social, cultural, and political history and take a critical look at the issues facing their community. Students are encouraged and provided opportunities to become leaders and advocates for their community.

Explore the Youth Voices Curriculum and Workbook

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Decorations on the edge of Arroyo High School's community garden | Marianne Zaugg

In a Food Desert, a Ray of Hope Shines in a School Garden

In El Monte, where nearly half the city is classified a food desert, students and gardeners grow a lush garden with even bigger plans for the future.
Get Lit Poet, Gordon Ip

"Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies Before Senate"

Get Lit poet Gordon Ip responds to former FBI Director James Comey's recent testimony before the Senate.
Lucie Hodgson

"Amidst Chaos, Pride and Joy"

In an original poem, Get Lit poet Lucie Hodgson expresses some of the hopes and concerns of the LGBT community.
Colleen Hamilton

"If Trump Withdrew From the Paris Climate Agreement..."

Get Lit poet Colleen Hamilton responds to Trump's consideration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
Marc Lemus

"White House on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

As a Mexican-American who feels like he has "Brown Pride" running through his veins, poet Marc Lemus hopes to inspire others to speak their minds about the current administration.
Alex Luu

"The First 100 Days"

Poet Alex Luu reflects on Trump's first 100 days in office.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

Youth Poets Tell Stories That the World Needs to Hear

Inspired by the famous Gil Scott-Heron poem, youth poets, with their revised version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", hope to remind their peers that it is in their hands to say something that the world needs to hear.
Jojo Louis

"Trump Carves Out Tough Commander-in-Chief Posture"

Get Lit poet, Jojo Louis, responds to Trump's recent actions as Commander-in-Chief.
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