California Civics Day gathered students from Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco school districts. 33 issue projects in total were presented. Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Immigration, Gun Violence, Sexual Assault, and Pollution were among some of the most prominent issues covered. Speakers included Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguin, who is the first Latino to hold the position and the youngest in over a century, and Aparna Shah, Co-Executive Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote.
Student leaders included Justice Paraiso-Caceres, a senior from Berkley High School.
“We have the power to galvanize kids our age. Once one student speaks they can motivate a whole classroom and then a whole school. Youth voices are the key to change for the future.”