Rise Up & Act: Youth for Change engages transitional age youth (ages 12-26) in community mobilization and organizing activities to advocate for healthier public policies around substance abuse, simultaneously increasing their own empowerment, activating home-grown leadership and bolstering their agency in the world. As a youth-driven project created by The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM), Rise Up & Act: Youth for Change is dedicated to activating community mobilization, engaging youth in activism and advocacy, raising awareness around substance use disorder prevention, and creating dialogue between youth and system leaders.

Rise Up & Act: Youth for Change welcomes all youth (ages 12-26) to participate in this virtual interactive advocacy campaign! Participants should sign up for one of the two age groups-- Gen-Z Advocates (ages 12-18) or Gen-Z Mentors (ages 18-26) -- to participate in monthly peer-led meetings, virtual trainings, yearly summits, and our big Rise Up & Act: Youth for Change conference!

The new Rise Up & Act Social Media Campaign is part of a county-wide effort to stop COVID-19 from further impacting our most vulnerable communities. Our campaign will provide the most current information on Covid-19 from the Public Health Department, and use social media to build meaningful relationships with youth across all social media platforms to help stop the spread of Covid-19.



>> Rise Up & Act Fact Sheet (click here)

>> Gen-Z Advocates Application Ages 12-18 (click here)

>> Gen-Z Mentors Application Ages 18-26 (click here)



>> Rise Up & Act Youth Summit (rsvp here) - 12/18 starting at 10:00 AM (PST)

Rise Up & Act: Youth for Change will host its second Youth Summit to promote harm reduction strategies, healthy coping mechanisms and substance use prevention among young individuals in LA County. This summit will highlight the importance of mental health and its intersectionality with substance abuse. 

Our goal is to engage youth by acknowledging that substance use is prevalent in our communities and help them navigate their own real world experiences through a trauma-informed lens to find healthier coping mechanisms. Learn more click here.


Miguel Villegas - m[email protected]

Stevie C. Barron - [email protected]