Hear from All-America City winner Salinas, California and Norfolk, Virginia on fostering successful youth-lead programming.
Deirdre Love, Teens With a Purpose, Norfolk, Virginia
Teens With a Purpose
The Youth Movement (TWP) began in 2007 as a non-profit for teens to help other teens. The mission is to create a platform to empower young people to use their voices, energy, creativity, and talents to demonstrate their power to effect personal change and positively impact the lives of others through the arts and humanities, peer-led programs, and special events.
Alejandra Silva, Youth Equity Coordinator, Building Health Communities Salinas, California
The Youth-Led Ciclovía Salinas
Ciclovía Salinas is the only youth-led open streets initiative and the first open streets initiative held in Monterey County. Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to auto traffic so they can be used for biking, walking and other physically active uses. A diverse coalition of individuals and organizations have teamed up in a variety of ways to make Ciclovía Salinas possible and successful. The youth planning committee enlisted the help of local government, foundations, media outlets, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, faith-based entities, as well as large, medium and small businesses. The youth saw Ciclovía Salinas as a way to address five goals: 1) showcase the valuable assets of Salinas to improve the perception of the city; 2) promote health and well-being; 3) physically unite the community, which has been historically segregated; 4) boost the local economy along the route; and 5) foster youth leadership development.