Generation Justice’s mission is to inspire youth to become media makers committed to social transformation.
Generation Justice trains teens to approach journalism from a social justice and media justice framework. This is a multi-media project that gives voice to activism– locally, nationally and internationally. The end desire of Generation Justice is that youth members will be more educated about community strengths and problems and that they will have the critical thinking, inter-personal, and journalism tools to effectively work on solutions to injustice.
The youth participants are trained in radio broadcasting, blogging, video blogging, and digital story-telling. The teens go out into the community and participate in organizing/civic engagement activities highlighting grassroots community organizers, youth activists, and peace makers. They are also challenged to expand their understanding of social justice, democracy, inclusion, and equity and to use media as a tool for social change and youth activism.Victor Torres interviews Dolores Huerta at the 19th Annual Cesar Chavez March & Festival (March 17, 2012)
- Youth Leadership and Empowerment – Our young people have great skill and knowledge. Their opinions matter, their insights are important; at Generation Justice, youth are our leaders. We pledge to embrace and make wise use of our own individual power, while constantly seeking opportunities to raise up all people in the community.
- Community – Our work is rooted in the love we have for our community – those that we come from and the community that we create here at Generation Justice. We hold our fellow community members in a place of honor and we treat our community as sacred.
- Action – Social justice has never been achieved without activism by regular people. If we are to change the world, it must begin not with talk – but with a single act.
- Equity – Across race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, social class, generation and geography, it is important that all people have an equal opportunity to develop and make use of their natural gifts for the benefit of their families and community.
- Multiculturalism – We are stronger when we embrace the wisdom of our cultures and histories and when we view such diversity as an asset to be shared.
- Love – We reject the idea that one person or community must be put down in order for another to be raised up. Instead, we conduct our work from a place of love and we commit ourselves to interacting with all people in a respectful way that exemplifies our love for humanity.