By Karis Fuller
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Professor Susan Zeig, chair of the
Brave New Films produces films to educate people on a variety of social justice issues. The partnership with The Ford Foundation allowed
Rise For Youth is a Virginia based organi-zation that fights against juvenile detention, advocating for alternatives to youth incarcera-tion. In 2017, they successfully aided the shut down of Beaumont Juvenile Detention Center in Beaumont, V.A., while delaying the con-struction of a second center late last year.
Youth Vs Apocalypse is an organization that brings climate-based issues to classrooms in the Bay Area. Its goal is to get the youth of California to stand up and fight for their future, reducing their carbon footprint and tackling the issue of environmental racism.
Formed in 1990, the Native Youth Alliance is an organization that represents the
Based in Colorado, Padres y Jóvenes Un-dos is an organization that handles immigrant issues, from immigrant students’ rights to reforming their schools and elevating the voices of immigrants. Led by
Although these nonprofits represent
At the screening and discussion, the audience of 40 heard from adults working at the charities as well as a panel of youth representatives from each nonprofit. The panel consisted of high school student Kidaya Wright from
Currently residing in Denver, 21-year-old Ortega uses the impact of his immigration story to help children in the same conditions. He was initially undocumented when he came to the US at 16 as an immigrant, Ortega found himself in ESL (English as a second language) classes.
Ortega was shocked at the number of his peers who were failing with no assistance from the teachers and the school, while he himself was excelling. This is how he first got involved with youth organizing as he establishing a tutor system to help his failing peers. Now, studying at university, and enjoying being a youth
To learn more about these organizations, the work they do and how to get involved, visit www.bravenewfilms.org
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