Ideas into action: Changemaking in the U.S. Hispanic Community

Jose Salcedo was one of the winners of Youth Venture and MTV Tr3s Agents of Change Campaign back in 2010. The campaign spotlighted the issues that affect the Hispanic community in the US including immigration, education, financial access, cultural integration, among others. Jose Salcedo represented a student led organization called Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER). Jose with other students works directly with over a hundred Latino students. “We fight for the undocumented students that were brought at a very young age and grew up in the United States and when they graduate from high school their future is uncertain”. This youth-driven initiative empowers young people to put their own ideas into action to make a positive difference in their community. SWER started in Miami by a group of four undocumented students, now this organization has branched out and teamed up with many affiliates throughout the state of Florida to help youth in the same situation. Jose started being a changemaker since he was in high school, he learned and practiced how to advocate, how to work with a team, how to be a good speaker, and a great leader in his community. Every single move he made gave him strength and confidence to continue pursuing his dreams.

 

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This article was originally published on November 24, 2014
Related TopicsMigration, Minority rights, Arts & culture, Citizen / community participation, Youth leadership, Human Rights & Equality, Civic Engagement, Children & Youth, Youth in Charge

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