PUEBLO's twins excel at Yale!
We first joined PUEBLO as Media Academy High School (Fremont) seniors through the Oakland Youth Policy Builders program 2011-2012. Along with other youth, we studied a survey of hundreds of high school students and developed policies to improve the relationship between Oakland youth and police officers. We met with City Council members, former Police Chief Howard Jordan and other officers to discuss a business card policy (where police officers are required to distribute business cards with their badge number and information on how to file a complaint) and a youth-led training of police, both of which were adopted by the police department and current OYPB members are working to implement soon. We also created a “Know Your Rights” pamphlet
We are now both sophomores at Yale – Jack is double majoring in Political Science and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Kim is an Ethnicity, Race & Migration major.
Last summer, we began the Wage Fairness Project, funded by the California Endowment and sponsored by PUEBLO. A group of five youth interviewed day laborers about their working conditions and wage theft (when employers did not pay workers the amount they were promised or did not pay them at all). The Wage Fairness Project members met with wage theft experts and worked closely with Street Level Health Project.
The team released a report with our findings and recommendations and kept a blog showcasing our work.
Kim also worked on PUEBLO’s restorative justice campaign, creating a flyer, translating the survey and conducting it.
This summer, we hope to study abroad, although Kim will work for PUEBLO again for the first month or so.
When we complete our education, we hope to come back to the Bay Area and use our skills to empower and educate under-resourced communities.
Kim and Gloria “Jack” Mejía-Cuéllar