Over 70 New Mexican youth have been recruited and trained as Generation Justice Youth Producers. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in this group of youth, and each one of them has contributed to an impressive amount of media pieces over that time. These media pieces, and their impact, have served as the base for many of our accomplishments as a group, including a Governor’s Youth Service Award.
The accomplishments of our youth, however, don’t end with us. For example, 39 of our youth producers have gone onto higher education (or are college bound seniors) both in and out of the state of New Mexico (13 of our youth producers are currently in middle or high school). Of those youth who have moved on to college or are college bound, a large majority, or approximately 79%, are youth of color. It is no secret that New Mexico ranks at or near the bottom of many educational categories, especially for youth of color. As an organization, then, we feel strongly that our track record, especially for youth of color attending higher education, is something to be very proud of.
In regards to a continued commitment to journalism, nearly one-third, or 31% of our former youth producers in college or who are college bound (12), have decided to pursue a career in media, journalism, or communications.
A quick demographic sketch of Generation Justice alumni who have chosen the media or journalism fields looks as follows: 83% of them are youth of color; 25% African American, 8% Asian American, 8% NativeAmerican, 42% Hispanic and 17% are Caucasian; 67% of them are female and 33% are male. For these youth, their commitment to covering the stories of their communities doesn’t end when their time at Generation Justice concludes. They intend to make this a life-long journey. To meet all of our amazing youth producers, past and present, click here.