Stories From Salinas: Salinas Youth Initiative

The Salinas Youth Initiative invests in the homegrown, passionate East Salinas leaders who are giving back to their community by serving children and youth during and after school.

About the Initiative:

The Packard Foundation’s Salinas Youth Initiative invests in the homegrown, passionate Salinas leaders and organizations who are engaging and inspiring youth during and after school.

The exhibit, by award-winning photojournalist, Jay Dunn, celebrates the mentors, youth, and community of the Salinas Youth Initiative. It showcases art & music programs, tutoring, coaching, athletic opportunities, and more designed to grow a new generation of leaders. This exhibit will be available at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center from October 19, 2018 until Mid-November 2018.

Salinas Youth Initiative: Urban Arts Collaborative
Artists Diana Renteria and Luis Rodriguez of Urban Arts Collaborative at their booth during the 2016 Ciclovia event in east Salinas. UAC is a constant presence at community events and celebrations.
Artists Ink actors Jacob Juarez, left, as a field worker, and Daniel Ibarra as an immigration agent during a final rehearsal of the Salinas Movement Project on March 31, 2017.
Andrea Meza performs with the Alisal Union School District’s All-Star Drumline Color Guard in the annual Holiday Parade of Lights on South Main Street in Salinas.