Youth for Healthy Schools

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Our Mission

To ensure that young people of color are included at the decision-making table and heard in the conversation locally and nationally on health and wellness issues in our schools and communities.

Meet the Team

Seven Healthy Communities Fellows support their groups’ local work and connect it to state and national strategies for change including community education and engagement and policy development and implementation.



Padres & Jóvenes Unidos

Isaias Vasquez is a queer DREAMer whose organizing roots originate in the LGBTQ immigrant rights movement. A migrant from Zacatecas Mexico, born to a family of farmers Isaias believes in returning to his farming roots and increasing access to fresh foods. Currently a political science student at Metro State University of Denver and Healthy Communities Fellow at The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing hosted at Padres & Jóvenes Unidos in Denver Colorado.

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Inner City Struggle

Jennifer Maldonado was born and raised in East Los Angeles. Jennifer was involved with InnerCity Struggle's youth component, United Students, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program, and Latinas Unidas at Woodrow Wilson High School. During college she continued fighting for educational justice with the Moviemiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) organization. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Education Studies, she returned to East Los Angeles to organize with her community for quality education and healthy lifestyles.

Inner City Struggle


Kids Rethink New Orleans, VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative

Chika Kondo is the youth food justice organizer for Kids Rethink New Orleans and the VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative. She has helped launch their pilot food justice collective- a multi-racial, multi-lingual youth cohort dedicated to studying their history, food sovereignty, and cooperative economics and applying their knowledge into managing farm plots, marketing, distribution and sales of culturally reflective food they grow.

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Youth United for Change

Nick graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies in 2007. This was a politicizing experience and was the beginning of a life trajectory committed to social justice. He has been a Social Justice Educator for the last several years, mainly in the museum setting. He has developed and facilitated curriculum-based programs for Philadelphia-area schools. In 2016 he became the City Wide Organizer for Youth United for Change as a Healthy Communities Fellow of FCYO. In his non-professional work he has been engaged in movements around anti-racism, mass incarceration, education justice, and health justice among other systems of oppression.

Youth United for Change


SouthWest Organizing Project

Stefany Olivas grew up in the small agricultural Town of Bernalillo, just North of Albuquerque New Mexico. She always had interests in nature, gardening and cooking. Not until majoring in Biology at the local community college and beginning to work in community gardens did she realize a way to combine her passions. Working with the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) and Project Feed the Hood, she continues to build her understanding of how to process and consume food and create growing spaces to uplift the local environment and community health.

SouthWest Organizing Project


Southwest Worker's Union

Sandra Garcia has been the Youth Coordinator at Southwest Worker's Union since 2007. She currently works closely with students on Health for Every Barrio campaign. This campaign aims to eliminate food deserts around communities of color and to ensure that healthier options are available in the San Antonio Independent School District.

Southwest Worker's Union


Baltimore Algebra Project

Jamal Jones is a 22-year-old student organizer of the Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP). He has worked with the BAP for six years holding a number of positions and participating in a wide range of Algebra Project campaigns. Jamal currently attends Morgan State University, located in Baltimore City, as a Philosophy major minoring in psychology.

Baltimore Algebra Project

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Our Partners

To ensure young people from across the country are included, eight partner organizations lend their strengths and take part in technical assistance and training opportunities to build the power of youth voice.

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    Make the Road New York

    New York, NY

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    Little Village Environmental
    Justice Organization (LVEJO)

    Chicago, IL

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    Khmer Girls in Action

    Long Beach, CA

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    Youth Empowered Solutions

    Raleigh, NC

  • Alternatives for Community
    and Environment (ACE)

    Boston, MA

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    RYSE Youth Center

    Richmond, CA

  • Sociedad Latina

    Roxbury, MA

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    Grow Hartford

    Hartford, CT

Contact Us

Mónica Córdova

Program Director
Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing

Nijmie Dzurinko

Communications Lead
Healthy Communities II Initiative

Office hours

Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm
(212) 725-3386