“YAYA is an organization that, through its youth, injects hope into the different agencies that they support. For AMA this means learning, overcoming, and communication. YAYA is a bridge between farm worker communities and young people: they learn from us and we learn from them. It’s a bridge of help and hope. It inspires me to see these youth who take an interest in the issues of farm workers. I am proud to see that it doesn’t matter where they come from or where we come from, we can work together with respect and seriousness. Thank you, YAYA, for allowing AMA to work with you.”
“In all my 44 years of organizing farm workers, I’ve never seen a more delightful, dedicated, on-going organized group of young people in standing, marching, picketing in all our critical events for justice. They inspire and mobilize the youth and vindicate the old in the call for righteous treatment of the men and women who toil our fields.”
I have watched YAYA grow and develop over the past 4-5 years. Thanks to the tremendous organizational skills and dedicated hard work of the staff, coupled with the passion, enthusiasm and commitment of students and youth around the state, YAYA has not only created programs and projects that have directly helped farmworkers, but has also helped raise awareness on campuses and in communities. From bicycle give-aways providing a means of transportation to undocumented farmworkers, to helping to lead the charge in stopping anti-immigrant bills from passing in the state legislature, YAYA has mobilized young people in ‘la lucha’ for justice.