Rise Up: Be Heard reporter, Juan Avila met with Marinarde Soto in Fresno to talk about youth activism and identity.

“This is what I’m doing with my life: I’m creating change and creating positive energy to bring to my community,” says activist, mother and DACA recipient, Marinarde Soto, 19.

Rise Up: Be Heard is a journalism training and mentorship program at FMG for young adults living in California’s most underprivileged and health-challenged communities. The program is made possible by a partnership with The California Endowment.