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Learn about the current status of Latina Teens in California from the experts - Latina teens themselves. This peer-to-peer briefing, led by the participants of the HOPE Youth Leadership Program, examined and explored solutions to the pressing issues impacting California Latina Adolescents including Mental Health and College Affordability. This virtual Youth Town Hall also paid special attention to the impact that COVID-19 is having on young people now and into the future. The webinar was interactive, allowing attendees to engage with presenters and other young people to exchange ideas and work together to come up with solutions for these issues.


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, confronting racism in schools, 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.

HOPE® is a non-profit, non-partisan, organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.



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