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)



>> Rooted & Rising Community Health Fair (RSVP here) - 5/14 starting at 2:00 PM (PST)

The Rooted & Rising Community Health Fair brings community together for an afternoon of mental health, wellness, and advocacy for youth and their families. Our goal is to engage youth through a series of workshops that will guide them to healthier decisions and help them advocate for healthier communities. 

Rooted & Rising attendees will be able to engage in interactive art activitiesand hear from diverse guest speakers throughout the day! Partnering organizations will also join TWLM in providing free resources. Click here to learn more.



Miguel Villegas - m[email protected]

Stevie C. Barron - [email protected]