Our Progressive Future

Seeing the work of young people in our community is such a thrill! Here are some examples of rising leaders in the next generation who have influenced 2015 SDLA Fellows. Join us for a celebration of progressive work in San Diego on May 19th at Generations of Progress - an event for the ages!

Julio Rivera: Leslie is a rock star senior at Hoover High School and an intern in Councilmember Marti Emerald's office. She is also on the Midcity CAN youth council, sits on the City Heights Area Planning Committee, is part of Reality Changers, and to top it off was just on the first girls soccer team to go undefeated in Hoover's history. She's motivated to give back to her community and is an example of the bright future San Diego has to look forward to. 

Nate Bazydlo: I have learned first-hand the real need for equal access through the honor of collaborating with Joseph Delgado - a 17 year old independent learning high school student, endurance athlete and social activist.  He fights for every person’s right to realize “the biggest versions of themselves, to be super humans.”  He does this through his advocacy for equal access to fresh, healthy organic produce, creation of community gardens in low income neighborhoods and everyone’s right to personal health.  He has cured his lifelong asthma by converting to a plant based diet and he just completed a solo bicycle ride from San Diego to San Francisco.  He has just begun leading his community to a more vibrant place for all.


Sean Elo: I find inspiration in many people, places, and ideas. However, nothing gives me more energy to fight for social justice than the young people I know, including my little sister, who are working for progress. Not only do they remind me why the struggle is worth it, they inspire me to do things right. 


This post is third in a series of four - please check back next week for the final round of 2015 Fellows to be highlighted!

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