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Kaya

Age 15, South LA

I am a daughter of immigrants. My mom got her papers, but my dad didn’t and he got deported. That had a big impact on my life. Throughout my life, my dad and I were close, but my mom and I weren’t. When my dad left, that impacted my life in a big way and I lost focus in school and my GPA went down. I didn’t know how to talk to people. I have friends who are dealing with the same thing, where their parents got deported or they are undocumented people living in fear. But with Community Coalition, I found a really good support system. There’s always someone there to talk to you.

Youth in my community don’t have enough support and people who care about them.

Youth in my community don’t have enough support and people who care about them, because of systems built to oppress us. A lot of people at my school don’t have a mom or dad, they have a guardian, or are living on their own, trying to make it through life. My dream is to do photography one day and connect it with activism.

The system is built to oppress us.

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