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Estefania

Age 16, City Heights

I like to play the ukulele and listen to music. I also like to read. My biggest dream is to be known for something big. I want to make an impact.

I joined Mid-City CAN because we were doing a skate park campaign. My brother is a skater and we got two parks built. One of those parks just opened last summer. We started the campaign after one of our youth got hit by a car because there were no skate park in City Heights, and we thought it would be nice to have somewhere for the youth to access. There’s a lot of skaters in City Heights. It’s really helped the community.

I think a community center would help youth. When I first joined the Youth Council, we had this place we would go with a computer, video games, and books. It was a nice place to chill at and we weren’t doing anything bad, but it’s gone now and we don’t have it anymore. We need spaces like this for youth to come together and hang out so we don’t get in trouble.

Youth in my community are underestimated. When we were working on the skate park campaign, the city council members doubted that we were able to make it happen. We have more potential than people think. We are the future, so we should have a lot of input in our community. I don’t think it’s fair that people tell us you can’t do this, you can’t do that, because it’s our future we’re working towards.

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