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Lesly

Age 16, Boyle Heights

My greatest dream is to graduate from college and be able to come back to Boyle Heights to be a voice for my community. Someday, I want to build my own space for youth right here.

Someday, I want to build my own space for youth.

I was a really quiet girl when I was little, but Legacy LA helped bring me out of my shell, which has helped me become more of a leader in my school. I wouldn’t have been able to do all this without Legacy. The mentors there really help you out.

Youth in my community need resources to help us get to college.

Youth in my community need resources to help us get to college. We need things like SAT prep, tutoring and mentorship. It makes me mad that the city spends so little on youth development, because I feel like we’re worth more, and need help with school and getting to college. 

The perception that youth are lazy needs to change.

Politicians don’t understand – they think they’re doing enough, but they’re not standing in our shoes. There’s this perception of youth that needs to change – we’re not lazy, we’re just not being invested in, and aren’t being given safe places to go. 

We aren’t being given safe places go to.

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