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The STATE OF LATINA TEENS is an annually held virtual briefing led by the participants of HOPE’s Youth Leadership Program (HYLP). Hear from the true experts - Latina teens themselves! Our young leaders explore solutions to issues impacting California Latina adolescents including Mental Health and College Affordability. The audience is able to weigh in, find ways to collaborate, and show their support during the public comment/community sharing portion of the event.


Over the course of 8-weeks, the participants of the HOPE Youth Leadership Program (HYLP) conducted a research project where they examined the needs of young people. They took a look at universal issues like college access, racial inequities, mental health, and health care access all while paying close attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities across Latina adolescents in the state.


Their presentation topics include mental health and healthcare access, college affordability, and more. 


4:00 PM

4:05 PM

4:15 PM

5:00 PM

Welcome Remarks from HOPE CEO

Special Remarks

Special presentations from:

  • Mt. Pleasant High School | San Jose, CA

  • Youth Leadership Institute | Fresno, CA

  • South High School | Bakersfield, CA

  • Lincoln High School | Los Angeles, CA

  • Dominguez High School | Compton, CA

  • Girls Inc of OC | Costa Mesa, CA

  • Poly High School | Riverside, CA

  • Will C. Wood High School | Vacaville, CA

Public Comment & Community Sharing



Founded in 2004, the HOPE Youth Leadership Program (HYLP) has engaged over 4,000 young women in activities that promote healthy living, healthy interpersonal relationships, financial empowerment, STEM exposure and enhanced civic participation.

The program has trained nearly 500 young women, of which 98% graduate from high school and 92% go on to college.

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