Who We Are

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.

Our History

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. 

Summer 2018

Central Valley Freedom Summer interns, Jose Orellana, Anai Paniagua, Lydia Gonzalez, began voter registration and youth organizing in Delano. 

August 2018

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

Fall 2018

LOUD For Tomorrow was created to continue the energy and momentum of Central Valley Freedom Summer.

October 2018

Youth members started high school chapters at all Delano Joint Union High School District schools

January 2019

Youth Mental Health Campaign

May 2019

LOUD members advocated for student voice and increase funding in mental health services during DJUHSD’s LCAP process

Summer 2019

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.

Fall 2019

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

In 2020

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!

Our Team

Co-Founder and Lead Organizer

Jose Salvador Orellana

Bio: Jose (he/them) is the Co-Founder and Lead Organizer at the LOUD For Tomorrow. His experience as an intern with Central Valley Freedom Summer led him down a path of youth organizing in his hometown. After seeing the power and energy of organizing by young people, Delano youth started LOUD For Tomorrow to build youth power and transform their community.

Anai Paniagua

Bio: Rosanai (AKA Anai) is a first-generation Chicana, proud daughter of immigrant farm workers. She is a homegrown leader who stepped into youth organizing and collective healing after learning about how her community is amongst the last ranked in quality of life in the U.S. Some of her goals include transforming the political landscape of her community into one that prioritizes health and freedom, and to inspire young folks to reclaim their power for collective healing/liberation. She aims to create a thriving environment for queer, indigenous, black, undocumented young people and their families. When Anai is not keeping busy, she is healing through her relationship with nature and land.