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The Youth Solidarity Project is a group of Bay Area youth amplifying issues and voices in marginalized communities, while fighting for intersectional change.


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New Youth Group Organizes Protest in Richmond

JUNE 08, 2020

Coverage by KCBS Radio of YSP protest and march in Richmond at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in June 2020. Photo by Megan Goldsby for KCBS.

Protesters gathered in parking lot

Meet the YSP Ambassadors

Why do we protest?


Jahiem 'Geo'

Co-Communications Director

Jahiem “Geo” Jones is an African-American male leader from the city of Richmond, CA. First being introduced to organizing through spoken word, Jahiem has learned to navigate systems that impact him and his community. He’s currently in a strong partnership with the Ryse Youth Center and The California Endowment to better amplify youth voices, especially communities of color, and to better build a healthier community built on a foundation of safety, healing, and values youth voices and power. He’s protesting because he believes that Black lives matter. He strongly uses tactics and other strategies to build support for the Black community. Being Black himself, Jahiem has understood that these systems are breaking the Black/POC community apart and it's his duty to better push for love and safety.

Selena Hairston

Finance Co-Manager

“My name is Selena Hairston and I am a junior at El Cerrito High School. As both a young person and a Black woman I feel that it is my obligation to speak out against the injustices that have been affecting minorities and POC for so long. The world we live in has so many issues and I want to take advantage of my time and my voice and do everything that I can to make real change.”


Willa Gibson

Director of Website Management and Social Media Co-Director

“My name is Willa and I am a senior at El Cerrito High School. I have always been incredibly passionate in my beliefs, whether its about environmental justice or fixing the health care gap. America’s foundation is entrenched in racist thought and policy. I believe that we have the duty as Americans to resist these injustices until we finally have equity in this country.”

Gloria Zearett

Public Relations Co-Director

“I’m Gloria, I’m 16 and a junior at El Cerrito High School, and I organize because to me it feels like the thing I can put the most positive energy towards.”


Meheret Vasquez-Suomala

Co-Finance Manager and Co-Communications Director

“My name is Meheret (she/her) and I’m an African-American junior. We represent the younger generation, and we all know that we need to be the ones that clean up these messes. So why not start now? This group of young leaders caught my attention because as much as I love using my voice, it’s so much more powerful with an inclusive group of outspoken individuals.”

Lucy Sterba

Public Relations Co-Director

“My name is Lucy and I am a junior at El Cerrito High School. I protest because as a white woman, it is my obligation to use my privileged voice to speak up for and defend those whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for centuries."


Sarah Khan

Secretary and Social Media Co-Director

“My name is Sarah and I am a junior at El Cerrito High School. I am a proud Pakistani-American Muslim who is passionate about actively making the change I want to see in this world. Protesting matters to me because this is how I can actively push for change and be the ally I say I am. It is no longer enough for me to just post on social media and have conversations with people who already agree with me. I need to make sure I do my part in ending the innocent murders of my Black brothers and sisters. And as a Muslim, I must 'be persistently standing firm in justice, even if it be against myself, parents, or relatives' [4:135].”