LOUD For Tomorrow is a grassroots youth-led organization based in Delano, California building youth power to transform our schools and communities through civic engagement, advocacy, and community healing. We train young people of color to lead local issue campaigns with an environmental and electoral justice lens. Founded in 2018, LOUD organizes young people to organize people power, register young voters, and win campaigns for a brighter tomorrow! LOUD For Tomorrow is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.
We believe every social, environmental, health, racial issue is a policy choice.
We have the power to organize our elected officials to push forward BOLD solutions that improve the health and well-being of our community.
We focus on:
- Voter registration and turnout of young people in the Central Valley
- Organizing on high school & college campuses
- Youth leadership development and trainings
- Grassroots and digital organizing
- Issue advocacy
Mission/Vision/Theory of Change
- Mission: We work to build youth power to transform our schools and communities through civic engagement, advocacy, and community healing.
- Vision: To create a healthy, safe, and thriving Central Valley for young people of color, immigrants, and our LGBTQ+ community.
- Theory of Change: If we organize and train the next generation of leaders to combat local and systemic issues, we can create a Central Valley for all to thrive in.
LOUD For Tomorrow was founded in 2018 by Delano high school and college students from Central Valley Freedom Summer (CVFS), during their work as interns with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE). CVFS brought University of California, Santa Cruz and Merced from the San Joaquin Valley and placed them with organizations focused on civic engagement, youth organizing, and increasing the voting population. After a successful summer of registering and organizing young people, Delano high school and college students decided to continue their work by creating LOUD For Tomorrow.
Central Valley Freedom Summer interns, Jose Orellana, Anai Paniagua, Lydia Gonzalez, began voter registration and youth organizing in Delano.
LOUD members and supporters introduced and passed a youth-led resolution, “Empowering & Preparing Youth for a Stronger Democracy” to the Delano Joint Union High School District to increase voter registration
LOUD For Tomorrow was created to continue the energy and momentum of Central Valley Freedom Summer.
Youth members started high school chapters at all Delano Joint Union High School District schools
Youth Mental Health Campaign
LOUD members advocated for student voice and increase funding in mental health services during DJUHSD’s LCAP process
LOUD hosted its first Summer Academy to train members on the fundamentals of organizing and space to learn healing practices to build a progressive youth movement.
LOUD youth advocated to reclaim $12 billion dollars a year to our schools and community with Prop 15. We collected petitions, registered voters, and educated the community on the upcoming
LOUD members organized to help hard-to-count communities self-response in the Census 2020, registered young voters, supported Kern residents with COVID resources, and phonebanked for the 2020 elections!