Electric Times for Young Activists
These are electric times for the young violence prevention activists like those in our Teens on Target (TNT) leadership program. Since the tragedy at Parkland, and now our latest sorrow in Texas, there is a new national receptiveness to the voices of youth affected by violence. There’s a new eagerness to listen. TNT, housed at East Oakland high schools Castlemont and Fremont, both of which are located at the nexus of Oakland’s decades-long struggle with violence, is the very embodiment of what our community and nation are looking for: resilient, energetic young people of color, informed by hard experience, whose innate abilities to create change are being nurtured and facilitated. Recently, Youth ALIVE!’s talented board member Caitlin Lang spent time capturing some terrific images of our 2018 youth leaders. See some of Caitlin’s wonderful images here. And then join TNT youth leaders from East Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaff, State Senator Nancy Skinner, Youth ALIVE! staff and many other friends and supporters of our work on Thursday, June 21, at our Celebration Dinner & Silent Auction at Blind Tiger Restaurant in Uptown Oakland. We’ll be honoring our long-time partners, Castlemont High School.