Santa Ana Youth Organize Conference Addressing Issues in their Community

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Popular notions of youth apathy will have to take a back seat this weekend. An all-day conference on Saturday in Santa Ana shows that young people not only care about issues affecting their community, but are also motivated enough to do something about them.

The effort arises from RAIZ, whose Spanish acronym translates into resistance, autonomy, equality, and leadership. The youth group centers on art, culture and popular education as tools of empowerment and is the driving force behind the 'Youth in Resistance' conference that aims to connect students to local social movements.

"I started to be involved because I wanted to find ways to help out youth," says Jesus Santana, a 16 year-old sophomore at Godinez Fundamental High School and RAIZ member. "That's the main reason I joined a few months ago."

In the lead-up to the conference, Santana and others involved with the organization set about conducting a survey of 500 young people in the youngest city in Orange County to find out what issues they felt were most pressing and important in their lives. "We got high votes on immigration, police brutality, bullying, Chicano/Mexican history, drug abuse, student rights, teen pregnancy, domestic and hood violence," reports Katie Alvarez, a 16 year-old student at Godinez who is also involved with RAIZ.

Saturday's free conference open to ages 13-22 will be orientated around hour-long workshops based upon the results of the survey. "We're going to have guest speakers from other organizations who know about those issues," Santana says. "We just want to inform the youth of the things affecting us at school, in the community and even at home. We can make a better future for ourselves by overcoming these obstacles. "

Though this is not the first instance in which young people have congregated around these concerns, there is a difference this time around."There's more youth involved, more students from high school and the conference is growing," Alvarez adds. "It's showing everyone that we do care and that we want to make a difference. It's our future."

The Youth in Resistance Conference takes place Saturday at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 313 N Birch St, Santa Ana. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. RSVP online at www.youthinresistance.org. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

RAIZ... sounds a lot like La Raza racism to me.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, tell that to all the gabas who'll be there.

mitch young
mitch young

Five brainwashed, self-hating hipsters don't count.

mitch young
mitch young

You know, Kaliningrad is part of, yet physically separated from, the Russian Federation. Maybe we can work out a deal with Mexico to take Santa Ana, downtown Anaheim, and parts of Garden Grove 'back'.

Hernanezkatie711
Hernanezkatie711

why not all of garden grove and anaheim sir ? why you would like to enjoy all the immigrant's  hard work in those fancy hotels and disney land? how about returning all the tax incentives or EITC's they dnt get back ? or do you want to enjoy that too?

mitch young
mitch young

And you ever see pictures of Disneyland before, say, 1980. Local white kids worked there. White folks owned and worked in the hotels around the area to. Would the megacomplex that is there now exist without the abundance of cheap immigrant labor. Probably wouldn't be as large, but that would be a good thing.

mitch young
mitch young

Dipshit, you don't 'get back' an "Earned Income Tax Credit" -- that's why it is called a 'credit' not a refund. It's just another, libertarian flavored form of welfare.

And illegals *do* get EITC

http://www.lasvegastribune.com...

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'd like to toss in Pomona as a sweetener 

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Sounds like an uniformed comment!

909Jeff
909Jeff

When relying on the author to inform us, whose fault is it if we are left uninformed? 

In the lead-up to the conference, Santana and others involved with the organization set about conducting a survey of 500 young people in the youngest city in Orange County to find out what issues they felt were most pressing and important in their lives. "We got high votes on immigration, police brutality, bullying, Chicano/Mexican history, drug abuse, student rights, teen pregnancy, domestic and hood violence,"

I understand this to mean they interviewed 500 kids in Aliso Viejo? That is the youngest city in the county... Incorporated in 2001. Which I find odd that a city like Aliso with a population of 47k, 44k of those white and Asian would be so interested in immigration or Chicano/Mexican history. 

OR- 

Did you mean the city with the highest population of young people? 

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

C'mon Jeff, in relation to the article I'm clearly referring to Santa Ana being the city with the most young people in it. It's an often used descriptive term.

Sorry you had to do all that internet research for purposes of nitpicking!

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! 

Just keeping an honest man honest! I'm actually happy to see young people getting involved in their community. Even if they'll be wearing green uniformed with little red stars on their hats! Its better than joining a gang!

And the wikipedia entry on Orange County has it all! 

 

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Chairman Mao would be proud --

"'Youth in Resistance' conference that aims to connect students to local SOCIAL movements."

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

No kidding Jesus. They could get involved with their local church organizations and do some good but NOOO... some people would rather be misinformed La Raza racist guerrillas, in my opinion, social misfits.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

 Social movements! The horror, the horror!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Rather than learning how to demand handouts, teach these kids some valuable job skills.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Sounds like a Shining Path recruitment rally.  

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