YOUTH ACTION COUNCIL
L.U.N.A. (Latinx Unidos de Nueva Orleans en Acción) is a grassroots, multiracial youth project that focuses on youth leadership development with a strong emphasis on youth-led advocacy, organizing, and coalition building. L.U.N.A. empowers young people to participate in working together to develop creative solutions to problems that directly affect them through creative expression and informed social action. L.U.N.A. embraces a holistic approach to social change by changing systems and society. Youth members work to develop innovative solutions to creating a more open, inclusive, and equitable world. Since launching in March 2018, youth members have identified these prominent paramount issues and concerns: equity and immigrant rights.
Every year, Puentes New Orleans produces a series of storytelling and filmmaking workshops that empower the youth to explore the immigrant experience in a safe and welcoming space. These workshops are aimed at people who want to use storytelling and digital media to advocate for immigrant youth issues.
This initiative is a wellness component of a larger project focusing on immigrant youth leadership development and youth-led advocacy and coalition building. This initiative, focusing on facilitating multiracial immigrant youth story circles, strives to:
Provide immigrant youth with a safe space to discover and share their own stories, voices, and struggles with racism and xenophobia.
Provide hands-on opportunities for immigrant youth to discover the power of storytelling as a healing device, specifically psychologically and emotionally.
Provide immigrant youth with the tools to effectively use digital media in anti-racism and bias awareness collective narratives and advocacy campaigns.
Provide immigrant youth the opportunity to work together with young people of color from partnering organizations to build empathy, understanding, and solidarity around social issues.