Meet Our Team: Ariana Federico, Youth Organizer

Tell us about the work you do with MCC and what calls you to it?
I am MCC’s Youth Organizer and I had previous worked with our Civic Engagement team. I work with Youth Council and support them on their campaign on establishing an independent commission on police practices. I also represent Mid-City CAN in coalitions like CPAT, CBA and YO! Cali.

The sustainability of the work we do relies on us also taking care of ourselves as part of it. How do you like to take care of yourself?
Self-care is sometimes hard to do, but I believe one has to be real about it. I love being outside anytime I can and spending time with loved ones. Also, it is essential to acknowledge when I just need time for myself. My siblings hold me accountable for making time for myself, so that is also helpful.

What is one of your favorite memories at MCC?
Our 2-day workshop on artivism was such a beautiful collaboration with Natalie from Self-Help Graphics & Art and local artist Lorain Khalil Rihan. I was introduced to artivism in high school through my Chicana educators and started learning more about activism throughout college while working at the Ethnic Resource Center. Representation matters, and so do our stories; I love that art invites another form of expression and empowers us by celebrating our culture and experiences.

What brings you joy?
Music, dance. This work is hard y'all, the biggest lesson I have had this year is to learn how to have fun with it. I appreciate that I am surrounded by amazing folks and young people with very great taste in music.

You just won a big campaign #YesonB! How are you feeling looking back on it?
It took a minute to click; it wasn't until I met with Youth Council that it really touched me. I look back at all the work we have accomplished, and I am so proud. The POWER of the PEOPLE Don't Stop!!! I am excited about what is to come within our city and county.

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  • Maryan Osman
    published this page in Stories 2020-11-13 13:12:08 -0800

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