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Advocacy & Initiatives

Accomplishments have included advocacy to bring in over $600,000 in dedicated revenue to support free after school programs and establishment of the first co-located behavioral health program for high school students and their families in San Benito County. Participation in regional and statewide boards, collaboratives, and advocacy groups such as California Equity Leaders Network joins providers and systems leaders to connect local issues with statewide initiatives.

Dignity in Schools California Week of Action

Youth Alliance, proudly partnered with Dignity in Schools California, challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our community’s schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. The Dignity in Schools Campaign builds power amongst parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform their own communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and fight racism and all forms of oppression. As a champion for youth, Youth Alliance brings together local advocates, parents, youth, and stakeholders to challenge these systems and bring about equity and positive change.

Breaking Down Barriers for Pregnant & Parenting Students

Youth Alliance has supported teen mothers and fathers with a comprehensive program since 2008. With funding support from First 5 San Benito, Latino Community Foundation, and The California Wellness Foundation, the FAMiLiA (Fathers and Mothers Learning & Achieving) program has worked with 123 teen parents to connect them and their child/ren to health care, housing, daycare, and transportation services, a network of support, educational advocacy and connection to legal assistance for issues related to custody, emancipation, immigration, relationship violence, counseling, and child support. Over 80% of teens participating in the FAMiLiA program are on track to or have graduated from high school. Over the years, there have been a total 8 repeat pregnancies (7% of total served). These amazing outcomes assist young mothers and fathers in obtaining economic and personal stability. Additionally, FAMiLiA peer led pregnancy prevention education reached 326 high risk youth last year. Trained peer advocates attend community outreach events to educate youth and reduce misinformation, stigma, and change social norms.

While these results have shown tremendous impact, there are still extreme systemic barriers for young parents to complete their high school education or have equal access to higher education pathways that will help propel them out of poverty and enhance their young family’s life prospects

To Learn more about the challenges facing pregnant & parenting teens, read the full ACLU Report HERE

2012 California Youth Bill of Rights

ACR 162, as amended, V. Manuel Pérez. Pupil rights: Student and Youth Bill of Rights.

This measure would declare that the Legislature recognizes the importance of engaging with young people to influence decisions that affect their quality of life and well-being, and that the Student and Youth Bill of Rights serves as a framework to guide and inform the youth of the state in organizing and advocating policy issues on their own behalf. Read the 2012 California Youth Bill of Rights HERE.

School Accountability

From Alliance for Boys and Men of Color,  AB 1153 Requires districts and superintendents to collect and share data to properly evaluate schools. You can view their entire State Advocacy Campaign HERE


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