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The Hope of Our Future: Youth Leaders In Their Own Words

The recent March for Our Lives nationwide protests against gun violence, led by teenage survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, were some of the largest youth protests since the Vietnam War. But young people have been fueling social change in America for decades, from the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests to the undocumented youth and Black Lives Matter movements.

Twenty-two million American teens will turn 18 by the 2020 election, giving youth tremendous power during a critical moment in our nation’s history. What will the future look like under their leadership? When we create space for young people, support their advocacy and listen to their voices, they speak truth to power and we all stand to win. That’s why, for this event, we’re handing them the microphones.

Join some of the Bay Area’s brightest young leaders as they discuss the issues they care about, the policies they’re working to change and the tools and strategies they’re using to grow their movements.


This panel is proudly sponsored by the Bay Area Leads Fund of the San Francisco Foundation. It is the latest in the foundation’s series on People, Place and Power.

Bay Area Leads








June 19, 2018

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Gabriel Cabrera
Transgender LGBTQ+ Community Activist; KQED Youth Takeover Speaker; Casa CHE Program Participant; Junior, Arise High School
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Caitlyn Clark
Teen Poetry Slam Grand Champion; Founder, Intersectional Gender Equity and Feminism Club at Benicia High School; Incoming Freshman, Yale University
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Kiere Garrett
HOPE SF Phoenix Champion; MBSK Youth Council Member; Youth Speaker/Organizer; Basketball Player; Junior, City Arts and Tech High School
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Cheyenne Gonzalez
Teen Mental Health Advocate; Youth Organizer, Californians for Justice; Teaching Assistant, Youth Beat; Senior, Oakland High School
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Senait Hailemariam
Production Coordinator, BAYCAT (a Digital Media Nonprofit)—Moderator