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Becky

Age 17, South LA

I’ve always wanted to be a traumatic therapist or counselor. I want to come back to South LA and help my community.

If you don’t care about youth development, you don’t care about the future.

Before I joined Community Coalition, I didn’t even think I could get into college and didn’t know anything about it. At school, they would tell me that I could go to college, but after they saw my GPA, they said, “Oh, it’ll be hard for you.” But Community Coalition taught me that getting into college is more about my story and my leadership abilities.

We won’t be able to make the world a better place if you don’t invest in us now.

Youth need more opportunities. Adults see us as out on the street, with nothing to do, but that’s because youth have nowhere to go. If we had more CoCo’s or resources for English language learners and foster students, they could find their place too. A lot of youth going through struggles and abuse need support even at home.

It’s okay to voice your opinion and emotions because they’re valid, even if people don’t agree with them.

If you don’t care about youth development, it’s like saying you don’t care about the future. We won’t be able to make the world a better place if you don’t invest in us now. 

I want to be happy and help people be happy, reassure them that they don’t have to fit into a certain mold.

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