Connecting Latin@ Youth at Pomona and Local High Schools

Through her Blueprint, YP4 Fellows Viridiana worked to encourage collaboration between Latina/o youth at Pomona College and local high schools. She worked with the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztln (MEChA) of a local high school in the city of Pomona and the Latino club at the college, Empowered Latin@s in Action, to collaborate throughout the semester and for years to come. Viris vision for her work is to give younger generations of Latina/os examples of college students that come from similar backgrounds and that they can relate to and trust, and to create a space that connects college-aged and high school-aged youth to develop future leaders of social justice movements, encourage high school students to continue to fight for these movements, and collectively share ideas, encouragement, and skills to continue in these movements.