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Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)

Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) YES is a multicultural social justice organization that fights for immigrant, student, and worker's rights. YES is the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera.

Operating as usual

01/14/2023
01/13/2023

Tonight we took next steps for our “School Lunch Justice” campaign for better school lunches across Milwaukee Public Schools. The meeting was to decide if the proposal of creating a “School Lunch Justice Taskforce”, will take effect. It now goes to the board who will vote next Thursday.

The taskforce would include students, administrators, and the MPS Nutrition Department, having regular meetings together in deciding the future of school lunch in MPS.

Y.E.S. started our efforts in January of 2022. Since last year, students have garnished support from local and state representatives, as well as community organizations. They have also sparked international interest.

The school lunch affects thousands of students around MPS everyday. Lunches are often frozen, turned, undercooked, or simply not appetizing, as they are turned out in assembly-line like fashion.

The Students Demand:

➡️Fresh food cooked in schools with locally sourced ingredients served daily

➡️More options available simultaneously

➡️Food that accommodates cultural, religious, medical, and dietary needs

➡️Larger portions

➡️Hiring more cafeteria staff and increasing their wages

➡️Regular meetings with MPS administration

01/12/2023

Happening NOW: Y.E.S. students meet with Milwaukee MPS to discuss establishing a task force.

01/12/2023

Happening NOW: Y.E.S. students pose with signs that read “Food Justice” ahead of meeting with MPS to discuss establishing a task force.

01/12/2023
What’s Wrong With School Lunch in America?

Join us TONIGHT at 5:30pm as we meet with MPS to discuss next steps in and our request for a TaskForce.

We meet at MPS Central Office 5225 W Vliet St Milwaukee, WI. We aim to gather at 4:45 p.m. near the mural for a rally, group photo, and media interview opportunities. See you soon!

11/08/2022

¡YES presente y votando! Mandeeq entered the polling place with in mind, and candidates who are going to deliver quality education reform.¡Sí se puede!

Youth about to be hitting OUR streets to get OUR community out to vote! Here we are preparing for the day.
11/08/2022

Youth about to be hitting OUR streets to get OUR community out to vote! Here we are preparing for the day.

Racine YES members were honored tonight to attend the Racine Branch NAACP 70th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.
10/29/2022

Racine YES members were honored tonight to attend the Racine Branch NAACP 70th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

Happy Halloween from YES.
10/15/2022

Happy Halloween from YES.

10/12/2022
DACA Informative with Soberalski Law

We’re LIVE with Voces de la Frontera Action and Soberalski Immigration Law, LLC talking all things DACA and how you can make a difference this election in the fight to protect our families and our communities.
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Estamos EN VIVO con VDLFA y Soberalski Law hablando de todo relacionado con DACA y cómo puedes hacer un cambio en esta elección en la lucha para proteger a nuestras familias y nuestras comunidades.

Racine Horlick YES students and the unionized educators met with administration on the policy of locking bathrooms for 2...
10/08/2022

Racine Horlick YES students and the unionized educators met with administration on the policy of locking bathrooms for 2/3 of every block.

YES knows that access to bathrooms is a human right and we hope after our meeting policy changes are made.

We are Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) and we are fighting for  at Milwaukee Public Schools. We demand fresh food ...
09/22/2022

We are Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) and we are fighting for at Milwaukee Public Schools. We demand fresh food cooked at school, more options, accommodations for cultural, religious, and medical needs, larger portions, and pay raises for workers. ¡Sí se puede!

Photo credits: JJessica Schmidt Voces de la Fronte

09/21/2022

We’re here at the Milwaukee office getting ready to screenprint for ! ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

YES is in search of an organizer to help students build power in Milwaukee. The YES Milwaukee organizer would be helping...
08/31/2022

YES is in search of an organizer to help students build power in Milwaukee. The YES Milwaukee organizer would be helping to build chapters, organize campaigns, and develop student leadership.

Find an extensive job description here-
https://vdlf.org/job-postings/

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Ania Jimenez Human Resources Interim Director- [email protected].

Big win for the  campaign today!
07/12/2022

Big win for the campaign today!

So ecstatic to be able to present Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) with this citation authored by the county board today along with County Supervisor Ryan Clancy. These students give me hope for the future and I am elated to support their continued advocacy work. Thanks to Ari Antreassian for bringing students from Racine and Milwaukee public schools.

07/05/2022

Tomorrow at 1pm: Join Voces and Soberalski Immigration Law, LLC for a virtual DACA workshop, info session, and Q&A, meant for DACA recipients and those interested in applying.

Link to join zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JU94bUbSR9Cvzk0QXPo33Q or watch on Facebook Live!
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Únase a Voces y Soberalski Law para un taller virtual de DACA, una sesión de información y preguntas & respuestas, para los beneficiarios de DACA y aquellos interesados ​​en solicitaciones.

Únase por zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JU94bUbSR9Cvzk0QXPo33Q o por Facebook Live

We mourn the tragic loss of Y.E.S. and Voces member, Hamdi Abdullahi Hassan, who lived her 16 years on this earth to the...
06/06/2022

We mourn the tragic loss of Y.E.S. and Voces member, Hamdi Abdullahi Hassan, who lived her 16 years on this earth to the fullest. As a Somalian immigrant living in Milwaukee, Hamdi brought an important and inclusive perspective to YES. We will always remember her legacy and we promise to keep fighting for the rights of families just like hers. We send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Rest In Power, Hamdi.

A Powerful Day for YES!
05/03/2022

A Powerful Day for YES!

05/01/2022
¡Yes presente!

¡Yes presente! Thank you everyone who turned out today for . ¡Si se puede!

New mural visualizes MPS students' fight for better lunches
04/22/2022
New mural visualizes MPS students' fight for better lunches

New mural visualizes MPS students' fight for better lunches

Students in Milwaukee Public Schools are demanding better quality food and a new mural can now be found on the side of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association (MTEA) building. It reads

Photos from TMJ4 News's post
04/22/2022

Photos from TMJ4 News's post

Sign our petition! ⚡️✔️✊🏼: https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn
04/05/2022

Sign our petition! ⚡️✔️✊🏼: https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn

"Hi my name is Katherine Villanueva and I'm a senior at Milwaukee School of Languages and a proud YES student leader.

Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) has called this event to launch our campaign to get MPS to provide quality nutritious food to MPS students. It is common knowledge that students who eat well learn well. has called this event to launch our campaign to get MPS to provide quality nutritious food to MPS students. It is common knowledge that students who eat well learn well.Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)

We are here today to demand food justice in our schools. Quality nutrition is critical to our success as students. Y.E.S. believes every student in Milwaukee deserves to have access to nutritious, delicious, culturally appropriate foods in school so that they are better able to learn. Youth Empowered in the Struggle surveyed over one thousand students across Milwaukee Public Schools and identified that the poor quality of school lunch is the most pressing issue that must be addressed to improve our school environment. Our lunches are cooked in a central location and distributed to the schools to be reheated, resulting in undercooked food and of substandard quality. This is not acceptable!

This campaign begins here but will not end here. Y.E.S. students have reached out to board members for support, the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, and parents to join us in this campaign. We will be lobbying our board members with our key demands. Working with parents, we will bring our message to the community and working with Voces de La Frontera and other allies we will be bringing our message to the streets.

On May 1st we will be marching with Voces de La Frontera and raising our issue of high quality lunches for the students going to school in MPS. May 1st is a day where thousands of immigrants and workers take to the streets to demand justice. Food Justice is central to quality learning."

Nearly 10,000 have signed the Y.E.S. petition for school lunch justice in Milwaukee Public Schools. Have you? Sign here: https://bit.ly/3LGEMCB

We demand that Milwaukee Public Schools:

1. Provide fresh school lunch that is cooked at the school by food service staff with locally sourced ingredients.
2. Provide more lunch options simultaneously.
3. Put a system in place that identifies and accommodates students' personal, religious, and medical dietary needs.
4. Provide larger, more filling meals that leave students feeling ready to learn, instead of hungry.
5. Hire more lunch staff to cook the meals and increase their wages.
6. MPS Board of Directors establish regular meetings with YES members to ensure these demands are met and implemented with student voices at the table.

Help us with our school lunch justice campaign by signing our petition! ⚡️✊🏼 https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn  Our demands: ✔️...
04/04/2022

Help us with our school lunch justice campaign by signing our petition! ⚡️✊🏼
https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn

Our demands:
✔️Provide fresh school lunch that is cooked at the school by food service staff with locally sourced ingredients.
✔️Provide more lunch options simultaneously.
✔️Put a system in place that identifies and accommodates students' personal, religious, and medical dietary needs.
✔️Provide larger, more filling meals that leave students feeling ready to learn, instead of hungry.
✔️Hire more lunch staff to cook the meals and increase their wages.
✔️MPS Board of Directors establish regular meetings with YES members to ensure these demands are met and implemented with student voices at the table.

📸:Joe Brusky

After surveying 1000+ MPS students onlunches, we have our six demands. But we are notdone, we need your help: sign the p...
04/02/2022

After surveying 1000+ MPS students on
lunches, we have our six demands. But we are not
done, we need your help: sign the petition for School
Lunch Justice! https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn

Graphic by :Rebeca Acosta (Reagan YES student leader)

Today we made our  demands to Milwaukee Public Schools clear: ✅food cooked fresh in schools, ✅ more options, ✅ accommoda...
03/31/2022

Today we made our demands to Milwaukee Public Schools clear: ✅food cooked fresh in schools, ✅ more options, ✅ accommodations and consideration for religious students, ✅ larger portions, ✅ higher wages for cafeteria workers, and ✅ regular meetings with the board and administration to discuss and decide these issues. Stay tuned for more calls to action and updates!

03/31/2022

BREAKING: YES is launching our "'' campaign. We are fighting for food cooked fresh in our Milwaukee Public Schools, more options, accommodations and consideration for our religious students, larger portions, higher wages for cafeteria workers, and regular meetings with the board and administration to discuss and decide these issues.

03/05/2022
Dreamers of Wisconsin is hosting a “How to Apply to Complete the Dreamers of Wisconsin Scholarship Application”! Theywil...
02/23/2022

Dreamers of Wisconsin is hosting a “How to Apply to Complete the Dreamers of Wisconsin Scholarship Application”! Theywill be going over how to write a strong application and you will be hearing from one of our very own scholarship recipients! 🦋🧡

Register for the event through this link: https://linktr.ee/dreamersofwisconsin. See you all tomorrow 🦋

Trabaja con nosotros! Voces de la Frontera Action is hiring part-time canvassers to help elect pro-immigrant candidates ...
02/04/2022

Trabaja con nosotros! Voces de la Frontera Action is hiring part-time canvassers to help elect pro-immigrant candidates into office. Start immediately at $18/ hour with paid training and work until the November 2022 election. Applicants with a passion for immigrant rights, racial and economic justice are encouraged to apply by filling out this form: bit.ly/vocesjobs.

La Beca de Oportunidad de thedream.us proporciona hasta $80,000 para cubrir la matrícula, tarifas, el alojamiento y las ...
01/25/2022

La Beca de Oportunidad de thedream.us proporciona hasta $80,000 para cubrir la matrícula, tarifas, el alojamiento y las comidas en el campus para obtener una licenciatura para estudiantes con o sin DACA o TPS. Ver los detalles aquí: https://thedream.us/
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The Opportunity Scholarship is open to immigrant Wisconsin students. You do not need DACA or TPS to apply! You can apply if you came to the country before November 1, 2016 https://thedream.us/.

Learn about UW-Milwaukee and see the campus for yourself during Casa Abierta, a bilingual event for prospective Latinx s...
01/20/2022

Learn about UW-Milwaukee and see the campus for yourself during Casa Abierta, a bilingual event for prospective Latinx students. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..

Register at: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/visit/casa-abierta/

Do you know someone interested in becoming a Panther?— Let them know Casa Abierta is just two days away! Participate in a resource fair, campus tour and Q&A panel— you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

To register:

https://tinyurl.com/casaabierta2022

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01/14/2022


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At the Voces de la Frontera Annual Assembly today, I’m reminded of both how much vital work Voces has done and how much we have left to accomplish together, from driver licenses for all to the amazing food justice work by Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)
AJ+ comin thru with the facts
Support our youth Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) in their fight to demand school lunch justice 🍃✊🏾💪🏽🤎🌻✍🏽📚
AJ+ In milwaukee featuring Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) ‘s fight for healthy school lunch justice! ✊🏾🍃📚💪🏽
Los que están creando cambios reales que impactarán a nuestra comunidad no son los ejecutivos ni personas millonarias, sino cada persona que hace lo necesario para luchar por lo que importa 🍃🌕🌻🌞✍🏽 nuestro futuro!

Gracias AJ+ por venir a Milwaukee a aprender sobre la lucha de los jóvenes luchando por cambiar el sistema de lonche en las escuelas públicas. Son un orgullo Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) ✊🏾💪🏽👏🏽📚🍽🍃🙏🏾
MPS Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) had a beautiful victory last night and this is only the beginning!

Una victoria ayer para los estudiantes de Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). La lucha para mejores almuerzos que sean sanos y frescos y con más variedad ahora pase al próximo paso- un voto el próximo jueves.
Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) students won tonight! They were out in force at tonight's MPS Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation in support of their campaign. Their tireless advocacy and efforts resulted in a unanimously supported resolution that creates a School Lunch Justice Task Force made up of students, nutrition staff, and administration that will work on winning their demands for healthier, locally sourced school lunches. One by one students and educators stepped up to testify in support of the task force. The student leaders who spoke tonight clearly demonstrate our future is very bright. Thanks to all who came out or submitted written testimony in support. The work is only beginning but this is a great start!

Thanks to Overpass Light Brigade for providing the lighted message!
Here for the Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) item in favor of a Food Justice Task Force
Join us TONIGHT at 5:30pm as Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) meets with MPS to discuss the next steps in and their request for a task force.

We meet at MPS Central Office 5225 W Vliet St Milwaukee, WI. We aim to gather at 4:45 p.m. near the mural for a rally, group photo, and media interview opportunities. See you soon!
Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) students are asking MPS education workers to stand in support of their campaign at tonight's (Thursday, Jan. 12) SASI committee meeting. School Board Directors Siemsen and Leonard are putting forth a resolution that establishes a task force made up of students, MTEA representatives, the MPS nutrition department, and administration. The task force will provide oversight to the MPS nutrition department ensuring students' demands for school lunch justice are met.

Please consider submitting written testimony to [email protected] in support of the resolution or join the students at 4:45 outside MPS Central Office where they will be holding an Overpass Light Brigade FOOD JUSTICE illuminated message before attending the SASI committee meeting which starts at 5:30pm.

The subject line for written testimony could be something like: Written testimony for SASI committee meeting for school lunch Justice task force.
Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) students spoke to elected leaders at tonight's union Representative Assembly about their district campaign. They asked education workers to stand in support of their campaign at tomorrow night's (Thursday, Jan. 12) SASI committee meeting. School Board Directors Siemsen and Leonard are putting forth a resolution that establishes a task force made up of students, MTEA representatives, the MPS nutrition department, and administration. The task force will provide oversight to the MPS nutrition department ensuring students' demands for school lunch justice are met.

Please consider submitting written testimony to [email protected] in support of the resolution or join the students at 4:45 outside MPS Central Office where they will be holding an Overpass Light Brigade FOOD JUSTICE illuminated message before attending the SASI committee meeting which starts at 5:30pm.

The subject line for written testimony could be something like: Written testimony for SASI committee meeting for school lunch Justice task force.
THIS THURSDAY at 5:30pm: Join Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) in their next steps for .

Youth have called on the MPS Board to pass a resolution that will establish a Task Force made up of students, teachers, and the MPS nutrition department and administration. This Task Force will provide oversight to MPS nutrition department and ensure that students' demands for School Lunch Justice are met and that all stakeholders have a voice at the table.

Please join us at 5:30PM on January 12th, 2023 at the MPS Central Office at 5225 W Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208
So proud of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) and the many folks supporting them!
Nos gustaría pedirle su apoyo para estos jóvenes quien han estado tomando iniciativa para conseguir lonches saludables en las escuelas públicas. Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) necesita nuestro apoyo y voz.

Enero 12 a las 5:30pm en las oficinas centrales de MPS. Comparta y Asista 🙏🏾

Exigen a el departamento de nutrición y los encargados de tomar estas decisiones que se forme un comité donde los estudiantes puedan abogar por derechos a comida saludable y formar cambios necesarios.
Milwaukee Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) students' campaign is featured in this AJ+ video. Representatives from YES will speaking to MTEA elected leaders at next week's representative assembly. MTEA has endorsed the students' campaign and as the video shows districts like Minneapolis have already taken productive steps to improve school lunch. Students and their supporters will be speaking at the Thursday, January 12th MPS Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation meeting at 5:30pm. Please come and show your support or testify in support of their demands.

Here is what Milwaukee YES students are fighting for

• Food cooked fresh in their schools
• More food options
• Accommodations and consideration for religious students
• Larger portions
• Higher wages for cafeteria workers
• Regular meetings with the school board and administration to discuss and decide these issues
Sign a petition in support here:
https://chng.it/JmqLdn7Bwn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGqy7BPDxJU
Dreamers are raising awareness about the privilege of voting and the uncertain landscape of immigration politics.

Members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), and Leaders Igniting Transformation talk about their efforts.

http://ow.ly/qlS150Ltssm
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