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Youth Advocacy Day 2016

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Most high school students look forward to spending their Spring Break with their friends, hanging out at the beach or the movies.

SEACA youth chose to go to City Hall instead. On Wednesday, March 23rd, SEACA youth spent the day meeting with representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Council Districts 1 and 13.

They shared stories of their love for their communities, their family’s struggle to pay for rent, the need for good jobs, their desire to meaningfully participate in the City decisionmaking process for their communities, and recommendations for how to solve these issues.

Youth Advocacy Day was the culmination of an intensive series of trainings where students developed their own vision of economic and environmental justice for their communities and advocacy strategies to ensure that their vision becomes a reality.